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RCC Receives $20,000 Grant

Aug 17, 2017

Rockingham Community College (RCC) has been selected by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to be a member of a new cohort for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program. Funding is secured through the National Science Foundation for this project.

RCC’s project, Advancing Machining Technology in a Rural North Carolina Community, was developed by Laura Coffee, Dean, Workforce Development and Continuing Education and Cynthia Johnson, Faculty, Computer Integrated Machining Technology. Richard Polanin, Professor, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Illinois Central College, IL will serve as mentor for the project.

The college will receive $20,000 in seed monies for the two-year grant period plus additional travel support to attend national meetings and events. Coffee and Johnson will attend the Advanced Technological Education National Conference in Washington, DC and work with Polanin to develop a proposal for attracting more females to STEM related programs of study.

The team of Polanin, Coffee, and Johnson will work closely on curriculum development or redesign, industry engagement, student recruitment and retention, and identifying internships or experiential learning experiences for faculty and students at RCC.

“We are excited to be selected for participation in the MentorLinks program,” said Dr. Mark Kinlaw, President of the college. “Our faculty are working hard to enhance the curriculum in our industrial technologies programs so that we meet the needs of our industry partners and prepare our students for the workforce.”

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