Each year, the East Central College Foundation awards mini-grants to scholastic departments and programs through The Albert C. Buescher Memorial. In 2017, seven awards were given to help support various initiatives.
The Learning Center was awarded a mini-grant to implement online math and science tutoring through the purchase of Boogie Board Sync.
“This e-writer can be linked to a computer and a whiteboard app,” said Learning Center Specialist Alison Tucker. “Tutors will be able to communicate more effectively with students.”
The Learning Center was also awarded a mini-grant to purchase anatomical models for students and tutors to use.
The Financial Aid Department was awarded a mini-grant in order to purchase a printer and supplies for the new Veterans Lounge in the Donald Shook Student Center.
“The veteran students are very appreciative of the printer,” said Financial Aid Advisor Lorrie Baird. “They sometimes have long stretches between classes and the lounge is a quiet place for them to retreat and do their homework. It is inconvenient for some of the students to complete an assignment and then go over to the Learning Center or Library to print out the work.”
The Theatre Program was awarded a mini-grant for much needed video equipment, lighting, microphones and other items as learning tools for students.
“We recently used the equipment to film I Love New York” (photo), said Theatre Director Grace Austin. “It’s been very helpful for them to be able to view their work on stage.”
A mini-grant is being used to help support the East Central College Career and Transfer Fair in the spring semester.
The Civic Engagement Committee was awarded a mini-grant to host a month of service event for students, staff and faculty.
“Our goal is to provide students, faculty and staff opportunities for personal growth,” explained Communications Instructor Shanee Haynes. “We want to give them a sense of social responsibility.”
The English Department will use its mini-grant to create a writing contest for area high school students.
“The project started as a way to get local schools involved with the college and a way to get them excited for writing,” said ECC English Instructor Josh Stroup. “We are very thankful to the Foundation for helping get this idea off the ground and to help connect us and our programs to the community.”