Grant Funding Strengthens Programs and Services at Wake Tech
RALEIGH, N.C. (September 14, 2012) - Wake Tech Community College is pleased to announce that grant funding awards in 2011-12 totaled more than $3.6 million – an increase of 43% over the previous fiscal year. Educational institutions often rely on grant awards to expand programs and services beyond what regular operating budgets allow.
“Grants are a vital component of growth and innovation,” says Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen C. Scott. “The resources they provide are of course important, but grants also spotlight new ideas and help creative minds come together. Everyone benefits.”
Noteworthy among Wake Tech’s 2011-12 grants is a $2.3 million award from the U.S. Department of Education that gives migrant and seasonal farmworker families better access to education. The grant will allow more than 600 students to complete high school equivalency (GED) and pursue higher education, additional training, career advancement, or the military.
The National Science Foundation awarded $273,618 to increase the enrollment and graduation of minorities and persons with disabilities in the geosciences, through a partnership with NC State University. The program targets underrepresented students enrolled in geology courses and students in the Wake Tech honors program. The goal is to attract students to geology, marine science, and atmospheric science degree programs at NCSU through direct recruiting, research experience, enhanced educational support, and mentoring.
The NC Community College System awarded Wake Tech $99,941 to implement a North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching (NC-NET) regional center to enhance classroom technologies and online instruction for teachers throughout the state. The grant makes it possible for Wake Tech to design and implement a new online teaching certificate.
Other grant-funded programs at Wake Tech will help health sciences faculty learn using simulation; build awareness of health sciences career pathways among diverse, underserved populations; provide tablets to enhance student learning; and expand college recycling efforts.