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Grants Summer/Fall 2016

The Development Committee met to review the grant proposals submitted for the Summer & Fall 2016.  Twenty-three proposals were submitted by four campuses and the district office.  A total of $26,480 was awarded to 10 projects.  The Development Committee is pleased to announce the Summer/Fall 2016 PCCF grant recipients:

Community Campus:  Back to Work 50+ Customized Basic Computer Training – The program will provide basic computer training for BTW 50+ participants. The BTW 50+ maximizes employment readiness and increases the income of jobseekers 50+.  Amount awarded $4,780.

Desert Vista Campus:  But, What can I do? (Career Development Videos) – Film video snap shots of prior graduates working in their fields/discipline; aid high school career counselors with guiding students with what an average day in the career field looks like.  Greater awareness equates to better retention and completion rates.  Amount awarded $700.

District Office:  Default Aversion and Education Project – This will provide more education to student loan borrowers by enticing that population with a grant for completing financial awareness and repayment education.  Improved financial education has been shown to decrease the likelihood that students will borrow more than they need or reasonably meet their educational expenses.  Amount awarded $3,000.

Downtown Campus:  Carpentry Trainers – Equipment that incorporates elements of roofing, door framing/hanging, base board installation and other skills sets.  The grant funds will be used to purchase the materials and the trainers will be built with the assistance of welding staff and students as a supplement to the welding fabrication class or welding club.  Amount awarded $2,000.

Downtown Campus:  Collaborative Research in Action (CRiA) – An intergenerational and multi-institutional project that trains historically underrepresented populations in academia—first generation and prospective college students, and students of lower socioeconomic status—to identify and examine critical issues in their communities, share findings, and develop alternatives. It promotes collaboration among educational institutions and community-based organizations; it constructs a pipeline connecting middle and high school students to higher education through Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.  Amount awarded $3,000.

Downtown Campus:  Electrical for Welding Lab – The Welding Department is installing a new outside awning and concrete pad.  This will allow students to have a safer work area for learning equipment skills such as metal shearing, bending and cutting.  The new concrete pad where the metal shears and saws will be located needs to have electricity.  Amount awarded $2,000.

Downtown Campus:  Engine Project for AUT-126 – Equipment to improve drivability and diagnostics course (AUT-126) with the implementation of a modern, high technology engine.  With this piece of modern training equipment, students will be better prepared for the fast-paced, ever changing world of automotive repair and maintenance.  Amount awarded $4,500.

West Campus:  Common Reading – Common Reading programs are found at institutions around the country; the basic idea is that students, faculty and staff read the same book and create learning experiences around reading during a class, semester or school year.  It promotes student/faculty engagement which leads to retention.  Amount awarded $1,000.

West Campus:  Navigator Advising Cohort-Text Book Scholarship – The program will provide assigned academic advising for incoming freshmen students from Cholla and Tucson High Schools.  First year students need integrated support services.  The funds will be used to purchase writing, reading and math textbooks for incoming students to borrow.  At the end of the semester, textbooks will be returned to the learning center for future student’s use, thus creating a revolving textbook library.  Amount awarded $3,000.

West Campus:  Voices On The Economy (aka The VOTE Program) Website Development – This program is an innovative method of teaching economics comparatively and practically.  Teaching economic issues from multiple perspectives trains people to think critically, inoculates them against sound bites, and inspires them to find an use their own voices on economic policies, helping them become well-educated voters and fully engaged citizens.  For the program to grow, it is necessary to scale up the VOTE website from a simple housing of information to an interactive site that can accommodate the current and future needs of students, teachers, and the community.  Amount awarded $2,500.

The PCC Foundation awarded $21,976 to nine projects in Spring 2016.