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For immediate release — July 8, 2008

(DALLAS) — The Dallas County Community College District’s Board of Trustees has received a grant from the Association of Community College Trustees that will fund a project that provides a model curriculum for community college trustees. In addition, several DCCCD colleges have received state and private grants that provide funds for job skills, sustainability, a summer program and programs for older adults. Grant details are listed below.

  • The Association of Community College Trustees, based in Washington, D.C., has awarded the Dallas County Community College District’s Board of Trustees with its first ACCT Trust Fund grant in the amount of $10,000. The grant was established in 2007 by the ACCT board of trustees, and it represents the organization’s effort to support trustee education and effective governance.

    “(ACCT) Trust Fund board members were keenly interested in receiving submissions focusing on board and trustee development and on advancing effective governance,” said Brian Ford, ACCT’s chief operating officer. “Additionally, the Trust Fund board sought submissions that were both innovative and worthy of national recognition and
    dissemination. DCCCD’s submission was extremely well received, and (it) eloquently addressed both the criteria and the spirit of the award.”

    The grant will fund a 30-month project that provides a model curriculum for community college trustees. The project, using a series of modules, will integrate general orientation information with policy issues; the modules can be used on a monthly basis for training in a variety of venues. Sessions will be grouped in clusters of topics. Templates developed for the modules, as well as policy summary items, can be adapted by other community colleges across the United States.

  • The Dallas County Community College District and Richland College received a grant in the amount of $40,000 from the American Association of Community Colleges for its “Plus 50 Initiatives.” The funds will be used to develop and promote community colleges as the primary place where age 50-plus adults can learn, train and find additional ways to contribute to society. The funding period began April 25, 2008, and continues through March 31, 2011.
  • DCCCD and Cedar Valley College have received a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to administer the “Intensive Summer Program,” which offers rigorous academic instruction in English language arts, mathematics and/or science. The $37,500 grant is funded from March 21 to Aug. 31, 2008.

  • In addition, the Sue Pope Fund has awarded Cedar Valley College a grant of $150,000 for the North Texas Pollution Reduction Program, beginning March 14, 2008, and ending March 14, 2010. CVC’s Sustainable Community Institute program will provide courses in green building and urban design for consumers and contractors in the southern sector of Dallas County.

  • The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded a $793,033 grant to the El Centro College Bill J. Priest Campus to support TWC’s Skills Development Fund Program. That program provides customized training for 600 new hires and incumbent workers at the AMTEC Consortium, which comprises six business partners in the manufacturing industry. The grant period began May 1, 2008, and ends on April 30, 2009.

For more information, contact Eddie Miranda in the DCCCD office of development at (214) 860-2711 or Ann Hatch in the DCCCD office of public and governmental affairs at (214) 860-2478.

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Press contact: Ann Hatch
Eddie Miranda