A $450,000 grant from the Department of Education Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success has been awarded to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, college president, announced the receipt of the grant at a recent Board of Directors meeting.
Gilmour indicated that funds from the three-year grant will support the development of new recruitment materials, training opportunities and for creating support teams for veteran students. The funding also supports a new staff position for the Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans & Military Resource Center, Gilmour said.
“We received a number four ranking in U.S. News as the number four best colleges for veterans, and we are proud to be recognized in 2020-21 as a military-friendly school,” Gilmour said.
Gilmour noted that the college has 262 students who have either served in the military of who are using the military benefits of a family member to attend the school.
Penn College has also received other grant awards, including a $250,000 Garrett E. Smith campus suicide prevention grant by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“This obviously is a grant that will be very important to us as we deal with students, stress and dealing with students and suicide,” Gilmour said.
“The grant funds a new student wellness education coordinator and suicide prevention specialist,” she added. The grant went into effect Oct. 1.
A childcare access means parents in school or CCampus grant of almost $74,000 was awarded to the college. Gilmour said that the funds from this grant are primarily used to reduce the cost of childcare for student based on income.
“That is another huge advantage for students based on income. That is another huge advantage for students,” Gilmour said.
The American Rescue Plan Act Childcare Stabilization Grant of $171,000 was received by the college.
Gilmour stated that this grant will help with mental health services for children and staff at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center and will also be used for personal protective equipment, supplies and some of the COVID expenses.
The Community Arts Center, which is now part of the college, has received grants in excess of $1.2 million, Gilmour told the board.
In other business at their meeting, the board approved a slate of officers for the board which includes: Sen. Gene Yaw, chair; Robert N. Pangborn, vice-chair; Joseph J. Doncsecz, treasurer, Gilmour, secretary; Suzanne Stopper, assistant treasurer; and Valerie A. Baier, assistant secretary.
The next meeting of the board will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Professional Development Center, Main Campus.
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