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Monday, April 30, 2018

ACC Foundation Awards Grants and Honors Staff

ACC Foundation Awards Grants and Honors Staff

The Alvin Community College Foundation presented $87,410 in grants and awards at the annual Afternoon of Honor on April 24.

The Innovative Initiative Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of Alvin Community College. The grants will be used for the 2018-19 academic year.

Funds were also awarded to Adopt-A-Grant programs to benefit student scholarships, students and staff still affected by Hurricane Harvey, the solar light project, the music program and more.

The ACC Foundation also presented faculty and staff members with the Foundation Excellence Awards which recognize the college’s Technical, Clerical, Support and Maintenance employees, an administrative staff employee and a faculty member. Winners this year are Career Pathways director Akilah Martin, Government Dept. chair Elizabeth McLane and Learning Lab Assistant Anna Oskerson. Each received $1,000.

 

Innovative Initiative Grants were awarded to support developmental education students, landscape improvements, staff development and more.

 

A $1,000 grant was awarded to a landscape project to make improvements throughout the campus.

 

The Foundation awarded $1,000 to fund the Across the Curriculum Conference. The grant will fund a conference that helps local educators share ideas in a series of seminars.

 

Demand for workers in science and technology related fields continues to grow. A $1,500 grant was awarded to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Family Expo to help increase participation in STEM-related careers.

 

A $1,000 was awarded to go towards student assistance with regards to supplies.

 

The Foundation awarded $1,600 grant to provide software for Respiratory Care students to simulate patient record tracking.

 

To help encourage recycling on campus, a $1,000 grant was awarded to the Keep ACC Beautiful program which will install recycling stations on campus.

 

A $1,500 grant was awarded to the Skilled Training Rewarding Independence and Vocational Education (STRIVE) program to purchase tablets for its students for STEM education.

 

The Foundation awarded a $500 to help create an area in the ACC Library with games and activities for students to help relieve stress.

 

A $1,500 grant was awarded to help ACC English instructors receive professional development and host a national conference through the Two-Year College English Association.

 

To keep pace with today’s technology, a $1,320 grant was awarded to help fund the installation of multidisciplinary virtual reality lab stations on campus.

 

In order to provide women in our area the opportunity to learn about empowerment, recognize their potential and create the change they wish to see in the world the Foundation awarded $1,000 to fund a Women’s Expo.

 

The ACC Foundation also presented grants that were part of the “Adopt a Grant” program. Guests at Foundation events such as the annual Gala were asked to support different projects with individual donations from $25 to $100.

The departments to receive Adopt a Grant funds included $3,525 for the Music program to purchase outdoor speakers and for student scholarships, $2,100 for student scholarships in Continuing Education/Workforce Development programs, $1,000 for the STRIVE program, $2,600 to the Upward Bound program to fund cultural events, $4,100 to fund the Solar Light project for the jogging trail, $2,300 to the Lab School for Snow Day, $750 to benefit the ACC and Alvin ISD Food Drive and $7,400 for the 34th Summer Children’s Theatre Festival.

 

A wine pull conducted at the 2017 Foundation Gala helped fund a $1,775 Adopt-A-Grant to help students affected by Hurricane Harvey with textbooks and supplies.

 

Many students and staff members continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Foundation awarded $48,949 to the ACC Student and Staff Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

 

The ACC Foundation’s work this past year has provided more than $173,689 to scholarship programs and staff development which will benefit the college now and in the future, President David Jircik said.

 

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide opportunities for students, faculty and the college. For more information about the Foundation or to learn about how to donate, visit www.alvincollege.edu/foundation or call 281-756-3600.

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