$2.2 million in grants awarded to NIACC

UPDATE: MASON CITY, Iowa – One local college has big plans for a grant meant to improve learning on and off campus.

We first told you about North Iowa Area Community College receiving the US Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant.

The $2.2 million dollar grant can only be used for certain improvements.

More online courses, improved technology in the classroom and better programs for part-time students are some of the approved areas.

One school administrator says the grant is awarded to schools that have a big impact on their communities.

“There will be at least 24 classrooms where we’re going to be able to get some new technology. It will not only be able to help the teachers with their teaching but really will be used for the students,” said VP of Student Services for NIACC, Terri Ewers.

The last time the grant has been awarded to NIACC was back in 2006.

This is only the third time NIACC has received the Title III grant.

“We’re gonna be able to do some accelerated classes with our developmental mastery programs. We’re also going to be piloting and getting some new curriculum. We think that’s going to allow students to complete their degrees in a faster time frame them before,” said Ewers.

MASON CITY, Iowa – A local community college is set to get a big boost in funding, as part of a grant to improve the way students learn.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) is announcing the US Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant will go to North Iowa Area Community College.

The grant is awarding approximately $2.2 million dollars in funding over the next few years.

The funding will be used for improved faculty training, making online courses more available and on-campus programs for part-time students.

Harkin is the Chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee, which funds the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that authorizes the program.

“Providing the resources to strengthen and improve our community colleges supports the creation of a well-trained workforce and will open doors to new opportunities for Iowans,” said Harkin“I congratulate North Iowa Area Community College on this award, which will help the school achieve its goal of expanding and improving educational opportunities in the community.”

SIP provides grants to institutions of higher education to improve their academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability. Funding is targeted to institutions that enroll a large proportion of financially disadvantaged students and have low per-student expenditures.

Stay tuned to KIMT News 3 on Thursday for a look into what plans NIACC has for the new grant.

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