PCC Foundation Mini-Grant Winners
The PCC Foundation, in partnership with PCC’s Office of Staff and Organizational Development, is pleased to announce the award of five PCC Foundation mini-grants, supporting student retention. PCC Foundation mini-grants give financial support to faculty and staff projects that improve the quality of instruction, programs, and services at PCC. The mini-grant program is supported by the PCC Foundation with funds raised through the annual Faculty/Staff/Retiree Campaign and through general Foundation fundraising.
The PCC Staff and Organizational Development office received sixteen mini-grant proposals, which were read and evaluated by PCC Foundation Board members, faculty and staff. The selection committee selected the following five projects for funding totaling $10,178.
Improving Microelectronics Technology Student Retention by Using Existing Lab Equipment at Full Capacity
$3,500 - Coordinator: Dorina Cornea-Hasegan
Currently not all available MT equipment is installed and thus classes MT 227 and MT 228 cannot absorb all the eligible students who would like to enroll. This grant provides funds for the installation of a dual three phase power outlet needed by an existing tool in the MT Equipment Lab. Once the tool is properly powered, it will be used in the teaching-learning process, allowing an enrollment increase of 20%, which also translates to more MT graduates.
Creating Successful e-Portfolios: A Pilot Project to Develop Model e-Portfolio Presentations and Train Student Mentors in the Gerontology Program
$1,838 - Coordinator: Jan Abushakrah
Supports staff time to conduct a pilot project with a core group of students to: test and modify tutorials; create model presentations; and train a core group of students to serve as peer mentors to guide future students through the e-Portfolio Presentation process. Through e-Portfolio Presentations, students will demonstrate that they have met learning outcomes and will create resumes and portfolios to support their transition to either higher education or professional careers. When fully implemented all Gerontology students will benefit from this pilot project as e-Portfolio users and presentation creators.
“The Passage” to Higher Education: A Pilot Project for African American Males
$2,000 - Coordinators: Noni Causey and Bobbie Stewart
Originally a pilot project for African American women and based on its success, this project will target African American men who are first generation, low income and unprepared for college. The project is designed to address the issues of low enrollment, retention, success and engagement of the African American population through regular workshops, networking, ongoing support and mentorship. This grant provides funds for two academic student mentors to assist with the administrative and academic needs for student participants.
Project DEgree: Second Term Integrated Project - Building Community
$1,500 - Coordinators: Slava Scott, Olivia Alcaire, Cathy O’Malley and Rebecca Vogt
To increase retention rates for Project DEgree students transitioning to college-level courses, this grant is providing support to develop an integrated curriculum centered on the interdisciplinary theme: Building Community. Through service learning and completion of a hands- on project in the community, second term students will apply the skills they have learned (math, reading, and writing) to real-world situations. Students will also see the larger context for their learning, develop a sense of themselves as competent learners and college students, and thus continue to pursue their education longer term.
Connect Willow Creek and Rock Creek
$1,340 - Coordinator: Amanda Ellertson
Since relocating 700 students to Willow Creek, those students do not have access to or information about retention programs at the Rock Creek campus. This grant will provide funds necessary to create a “center” presence (materials, supplies and staffing) at Willow Creek to connect students with needed resources. Participating centers include: Veteran’s Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Career Resource Center, Multicultural Center, and the Club House.