Augusta Technical College’s (ATC) new automotive technology facility is on the verge of becoming a reality thanks to a $1 million donation from the Jim Hudson Automotive Group.
“Cars have always been in my blood and this partnership with Augusta Technical College will allow young men and women to be educated and trained in the automotive world,” said Jim Hudson, founder of Jim Hudson Automotive Group.
Over the past seven months, Georgia College has met and worked with local automotive entities to determine training needs in the area. The new facility will train in electric/hybrid technology, heavy and light diesel, body and collision repair, motorsport technology and more.
The college also plans to add programs that teach not only the technician-level curriculum, but also the business side of running an auto dealership.
“Our plans are to operate a fully simulated car dealership. The ability to service community resident cars with comprehensive CRM systems, student feedback with coaching from their faculty, and training professionals in the industry is a forward-thinking approach to training the next generation of automotive professionals,” said ATC President Jermaine Whirl.
Feather River College (FRC) will receive $2 million as part of a settlement between Pacific Gas & Electric and district attorneys from the five counties hard hit by the 2021 Dixie Wildfire. That wildfire, which has started after a tree fell on PG&E electrical distribution lines, burned nearly a million acres of land.
PG&E agreed to pay a total of $55 million. Plumas County will receive a “good faith” contribution of $17 million. The county will distribute these funds among several organizations, including $2 million to FRC.
Entrepreneurs at Hagerstown Community College’s David W. Fletcher Labs and Incubator will benefit from a $20,000 donation from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation. The money will go towards training, software, equipment and raw materials for 15 of the incubator’s current member tenants.
The Fletcher facility opened in the fall of 2021 with the goal of inspiring entrepreneurship and improving small businesses in the county.
Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) will purchase a Hyflex technology system after receiving $975,000 in federal funding. This technology will combine online and classroom components to increase access to higher education.
“This technology will be a game-changer for so many students who otherwise could not attend in-person classes,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja.
With the system, QCC instructors can teach students taking an in-person course at the same time as students taking the course remotely. The funding will allow the college to offer this model in approximately 25 of its classrooms.
Myrna Berlet taught biology, botany, zoology, nature photography, and numerous field biology courses for 32 years at Jackson College. She passed away in 2020, but her influence will continue at the college thanks to a donation of nearly $1.3 million.
Berlet’s unique perspective as a science faculty member has helped her understand the challenges of raising funds for new equipment. The gift from the Myrna Berlet Trust will create an endowment fund for science. Annual proceeds from the endowment will provide funds to support purchases of biology, chemistry and physics equipment.
“I am grateful for Professor Berlet’s legacy. With this gift, she has created the perfect vehicle that helps keep our science education program vibrant,” said Jackson College President Daniel Phelan.
Forsyth Technical Community College has received more than $100,000 in Advanced Technology Education Grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support Micro-Degrees in Applying Biomedical Emerging Technology Application Skills Standards ( BETA).
Forsyth Tech’s National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW) will use the funds to implement an in-person workshop in 2023 for instructors to introduce and pilot new BETA micro-credentials. The college will collaborate with the Bioscience Core Skills Institute of Kansas. At least one micro-certificate in 2023 will stem from “people skills”, such as communication and good documentation practices.
This is a continuation of BETA work completed in 2021 and ongoing efforts in 2022 to deliver in-demand skills that are relevant to biotechs and other technical workers.
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Johnston Community College (JCC) has received a $635,012 NSF grant to expand its Bio Blend program.
A previous NSF award funded the Bio Blend pilot project, which blended applied engineering and biotechnology programs. It was so successful that JCC and local industry partners saw the need to expand the program.
Thanks to Bio Blend 2.0, all graduate students in applied engineering and bioprocess technology will receive the program, instead of a small cohort. The project will also respond to the need to increase diversity and inclusion in the STEM field as it relates to the neurodivergent population with a particular focus on people with autism.
A $1.4 million NSF grant to Shippensburg University’s math department will expand the university’s partnerships with HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College and Hagerstown Community College (HCC).
The goal of the funding is to increase the number of high school math teachers in the region. The grant will provide scholarships, specialized training for teaching in school districts, and a community of fellow educators.
Joint transfer agreements with HACC and HCC are already in place, and the university plans to increase the pool of potential students through an enhanced partnership with the two community colleges that focuses on recruiting more future math teachers.
Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is developing a new communications technology center of excellence made possible by a $250,000 gift from the Dudley Foundation.
The center will bring together NTC’s programs in graphic communication technologies, printing, marketing, web design, digital marketing and video production in one area of collaboration and innovation.
The donation will support “Studio 7,” named in honor of Richard David Dudley and his dedication to his community and his career in broadcasting and communications. Studio 7 will be a collaborative and creative space that will prepare students, employers and community members for new communication technologies, expand cultural and media literacy and enable creative voices to create, express and communicate in providing equipment and technical training, among others.
“Studio 7 is a great tribute to our father, Dick Dudley, who helped bring the first television station, WSAW/Channel 7, to central Wisconsin in 1954. Now the next generation of communications professionals will begin their career and businesses here in Wausau just like Dick Dudley did,” said Ann Dudley Shannon, President of the Dudley Foundation. “We expect great results from this partnership, including exciting new career opportunities for NTC communications graduates.”