Lehigh Carbon Community College has been selected to receive Title III funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program.
The grant is for an estimated $2.25 million over five years. The college is expected to receive $450,000 in the first year of the program, which began Oct. 1.
LCCC’s project, Pathways to Success for All Students, will focus on helping students stay in school and complete their degrees, and it will enhance the use of data to make more informed decisions related to supporting student success.
Student success coaches and a career readiness coach will work directly with students. In addition, funds will allow the college to examine the sequencing of mathematics courses and redesign math placement, with curricula aligned with career pathways. Instructional aides will work with students in developmental math courses, and students will participate in small-group recitation sessions with faculty to receive focused help. A technology-enhanced classroom will also complement these support strategies.
The Strengthening Institutions Program is designed to help colleges and universities better serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.
Auto repair shop earns industry certification
Daku’s Auto Body Shop Inc. of Catasauqua, is now a certified collision repair shop, which ensures customers that its collision repairs will adhere to the latest industry quality and safety standards.
This certification guarantees that collision repairs will be performed according to the manufacturer’s repair protocol by a properly trained and qualified technician, using the correct tools and equipment for the job. This certification was provided by Assured Performance Collision Care of Aliso Viejo, California, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that promotes automotive safety within the collision care industry.
The automotive collision repair certification process is rigorous and less than 5% of all body shops in the U.S. are able to meet the stringent requirements imposed by manufacturers.
Giant announces grant for child care centers
Giant recently announced a $200,000 grant program to provide funding to child care providers in Pennsylvania that are facing operational and financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program is being offered in partnership with Pennsylvania Key and Hershey Co., to child care organizations that are licensed by the state Department of Human Services and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Child care providers can apply for grants up to $10,000 through Nov. 13.
The grant program aims to support child care centers that have remained opened during the pandemic.
Grant assistance is open to child care centers in communities served by Giant or Martin’s stores that serve children from birth through 13 years old. Preference will be given to applicants in under-served areas, those that serve meals, those affected by school scheduling changes, those offering innovative services (such as technology and tutoring for students who need more in-person learning), and those that may be forced to close without financial support. Applicants must have remained open for at least part of the last seven months since stay-at-home orders were implemented.
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