The Lower Columbia College Foundation provides two types of grants to LCC employees on a yearly basis. Grants support projects that promote student learning or that develop services that promote student learning in alignment with the college's Core Themes. Projects should emphasize innovative approaches to teaching and learning and may relate to existing or new programs, courses or services.
Grant applications are typically accepted during Spring quarter for use the following year. Awards typically average $2,500 or less. Funds must be expended within a one-year period, typically by June 30.
Available to: full and part-time faculty
Approved by: Exceptional Faculty Grant Committee
Available to: full and part-time faculty, and full and part-time staff
Approved by: Foundation Board of Directors
Foundation Grants may not be available every year.
Nursing faculty Nikki Warthen and Jeanne Hamer used their grant to develop and revise simulation program scenarios used by nursing students in the classroom. The grant allowed faculty to set up and train on the new equipment, travel to other colleges with simulation labs, and purchase clothing to help the simulators appear realistic. The use of simulation helps develop critical thinking, assessment, and psychomotor skills.
Transitional Studies' Team Teaching Training grant supported training for five teams of two faculty members to learn about I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training), the recommended teaching models and direction on how to implement I-BEST in the classroom. I-BEST helps meet the needs of diverse student populations by providing educational support to help students excel in their career paths.
Community enrichment through collaborative between the Longview Public Library and Lower Columbia College brings regional authors to Longview for afternoon writing workshops at LCC and evening readings at the Longview Public Library. The Northwest Voices grant funds up to six different authors per school year.
High School Welding Competition Scholarships were funded for three welding competition students attending LCC. Tuition, fees and books for their first six credits at LCC were covered by the grant. Recruitment scholarships support LCC's enrollment and retention strategies.
Ergonomics Certification Training attended by Sam Orth, Human Resources, who shared: "Prior to receiving my certification, there wasn't anyone on campus who could perform workspace assessments and problem solve to improve the fit between the worker and their workspace." Training provides the opportunity for LCC to perform campus assessments upon request, in order to provide safe and comfortable work environments while reducing workplace hazards and injuries.
Head Start grant to support the Positive Behavior Support Program after United Way funding was eliminated. The program provides support to children, parents, teachers and staff through observation; creating effective strategies to promote healthy social and emotional development through coaching and mentoring.
Supported the purchase of five Microsoft Surface tablets to assist in administering CASAS tests online to enable offsite classrooms to test, place, and register students more efficiently. Offsite classrooms include but are not limited to: Woodland High School, Broadway and Barnes Headstart, Goodwill, Department of Corrections, and Drug Abuse Prevention Center. Mobile technology increases accessibility to college services in order to better meet the needs of diverse student populations and assist in enrollment.