(Release: January 9, 2012) - In the midst of tightening budgets, HCC has been successful in securing close to $11 million in grants in just the past five years to offset the cost of many of its science and technology programs. The most notable include a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in support of the alternative energy technology program, $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services Program (one of what the U.S. Department of Education calls TRiO programs), $650,000 from the National Science Foundation to support the cybersecurity program, and $3 million from the Health Services Cost Review Commission in various nursing support grants.
As 2012 begins, HCC recently submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for a second TRiO program, Upward Bound. If funded, Upward Bound will assist at-risk students, starting in high school, and help them advance to college, with degree attainment an ultimate goal of the program. For Upward Bound, HCC worked very closely with Washington County Public Schools in all stages of development. In addition, HCC is planning to submit proposals to help support new short-term job training programs (credit-free) as well as future dental hygiene and health information technology programs, among others.