Educational Initiative Grants

KCC employees have the opportunity to apply for an Educational Initiative Grant through the KCC Foundation. These grants are awarded yearly based on innovative concepts, the grant’s ability to directly impact students and the connection between the College and Foundation missions. Applicants must be employees of KCC and submit an Educational Initiative Grant Application, which is available through the link and in the Foundation office. Deadlines are communicated as grant money is available.

College projects supported by the KCC Foundation in 2015-2016:

KCC Community Garden and Greenhouse Service Learning
The development of the community garden and greenhouse provides high impact opportunities for students to learn and serve on campus. With the purchase of much-needed supplies, students can complete their service learning requirement while acquiring basic gardening and horticultural knowledge and skills.

Online Tutoring Collaboration Tool
After researching many tools, KCC’s Bridge staff chose one that will significantly enrich the online learning experience for students needing tutoring assistance. The new system (hardware, software and accessories), free to KCC students, provides increased opportunities to reinforce instruction and students’ understanding of subject areas.

Math and Science Classroom Technology
Having students share their work and their understanding of information is the prime motivator for this project that places writable monitor screens in the classroom that can be projected for students to see. This empowering tool helps develop leadership qualities in students.

Industrial Electricity Equipment and Curriculum
The addition of updated equipment and curriculum for this program at the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, provides traditional and non-traditional students relevant terminology and concepts. The new system, tightly integrated with supporting academic material, makes student engagement easier due to the student being able to actually see the application of the new concept. The training equipment is designed to facilitate a flexible style of learning through comprehensive lab experiments and activities.

Career Exploration Camps
Coordinated by KCC Lifelong Learning, these intensive, hands-on learning opportunities will be launched in the summer of 2016. Areas such as Advanced Manufacturing/Industrial Trades, Allies Health, Police and Emergency Services and Business and Technology will allow students to be better prepared to embark on a path aligned with their skills and interests.

Biology 99 Service Project
This project will engage evening students, who often do not feel connected to college life during the day, in a service project focused on workforce development and community outreach. Partnering with the Veterans Administration Hospital, students will be making blankets to give to the veterans, visit with them, and learn about health-related jog/career opportunities at the VA.

Photographic Documentary Project
Coordinated by Ryan Flathau in Arts and Communication, this project is a continuation of the student-driven photography and multimedia art program where the college’s story is told through photographs. A total of 75 new images will be created. This powerful project broadens a student’s portfolio development reinforces the College’s mission, and add to the beauty of all the campuses.