College earns host of educational grants

OCEANSIDE — This year, students and staff at MiraCosta College will benefit from $25,000 in mini-grants that fund student programs. This year, the college Foundation Office reviewed 23 applications for the 2010-2011 year totaling more than $65,000. Among the programs benefiting from the grants include: 


— Actor’s Academy Artist in Residency: This $2,500 grant will help bring two specialized performing artists-teachers to campus for one week each as part of the 2011 Actors Academy.


— Biology Program science models: This grant for $2,879 will fund the purchase of anatomically correct three-dimensional models of the human muscle and vascular systems to be used by students in the anatomy and physiology classes.


— College for Kids, science and technology equipment: These grant funds, totaling $2,500, are to be used to purchase state-of-the-art training tools for teaching the science and technology behind energy efficient robotics, solar-wind-geothermal powered buildings and machinery, and sustainable architectural design, etc.



— Disabled Students digital voice recorders: This $940 grant will fund the purchase of an additional 20 high-quality Olympus recorders needed to enable disabled students to review classroom lectures at home.


— Encuentros Academy: This grant for $2,000 is to encourage at-risk Latino males in 10th and 11th grade to pursue a post-secondary education by bringing them onto the MiraCosta College campus for a two-and-a-half-day educational academy.

— First Year Experienced Program mini-scholarships: This $4,800 grant is to help facilitate a smooth transition into college for developmental skills students. These students have high financial needs that affect their ability to participate in all of the supportive elements of FYE. 


— L.I.F.E. Program hearing assistance receivers: The college’s seniors group has requested this $1,000 grant for ten additional FM hearing receivers hearing assistance system used in the boardroom. These units can be used by others meeting in that room.


— Physical Science Department student clickers: This grant totaling $2,485 is for the purchase of two sets of clickers (one each for the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses) and will possibly impact more than 2,000 students, enabling an interactive learning experience using a state-of-the-art clicker system.


— Theater and Dance awards display case: This $1,200 grant is for building a display case in the Theatre lobby to display student awards, trophies, medals and plaques, now stored out of sight in closets. The Theater and Dance disciplines will provide stewardship of the display case.


— Oceanside Jazz Festival: This annual festival held at MiraCosta for area middle schools, high schools and colleges choirs, will use its $4,000 grant will defray some of the projected expenses of the festival, excluding food, travel and T-shirts.



— English as a Second Language instructional equipment: This $700 grant provides monies for four Flip camcorders. The ESL students will benefit by developing self-directed learning skills, motivation, technology skills, problem solving, teamwork, language skills, inventive thinking, etc. These camcorders will be available later for student video projects at the Community Learning Center.

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