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Foundation Grants

Lower Columbia College Foundation Grants

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 Indicators and 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. Funds must be expended within a one-year period, typically by June 30.

2012 Peterbilt Truck for the Diesel Technology/CDL program

Lower Columbia College Foundation Grant for $10,000 to purchase a 2012 Peterbilt Truck for the Diesel Technology/CDL program.

Computer Numerical Control Machining Center

$20,000 to replace Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining Center, which was originally purchased with a grant in 1995.

Student Ambassadors

New Student Ambassador Program developed a team to help connect students to campus resources using peer-to peer interactions.

Exceptional Faculty Grant

  Available to: full and part-time faculty
  Approved by: Exceptional Faculty Grant Committee
  Exceptional Faculty Grant Bylaws

Foundation Grant

  Available to: full and part-time faculty & full and part-time staff
  Approved by: Foundation Board of Directors
  Foundation Grants may not be available every year.

Application Process

Applications for both types of grants accepted March 25 - May 8, 2020.

Complete the 2020-21 Application

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  • Exceptional Faculty Grant - submit to Vice President of Instruction
  • Foundation Grant - submit to Vice President of your area.

Grant applications must be turned in no later than 5 pm on Friday, May 8, 2020.

  Important Information from Information Services: When proposing a technology related project, please contact Brandon Ray as soon as possible. This will give us enough time to find equipment that is compatible with college systems, search state contracts, collect price quotes, etc. Tip: don't request brand specific products, e.g., iPads. Instead, submit a proposal for mobile devices because technology is continually changing. Thank you

What kinds of projects do grants typically fund? Here are just a few examples:

Exceptional Faculty Grants

LCC Instructor, Armando Herblin, is leading the LCC Bee Project which is composed of students and staff that are developing a program to screen honey and beeswax samples for pesticides. The project is designed to increase public awareness surrounding the use of pesticides. Learn more

Grand funding allowed faculty developing the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education to purchase a learning platform to track data required by the Professional Educators Standards Board to maintain accreditation during the development of the program.

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.

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.

Foundation Grants

This grant helped fund activities for the Red Devil Wellness program by providing opportunities that bring our campus community together and focus on the well-being of staff, faculty and students. Wellness helps to create a positive impact on students and their experience at LCC.

Through this grant children from LCC's Early Learning center were able to attend fitness classes in the gym once a week. It was designed to help build motor skills to enhance their personal development by playing games, solving problems, and completing team building tasks.

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.

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.

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