TRIO Student Support Services (RISE)
Short for Reflective, Integrated, Scholarly, Excellent, RISE will provide a comprehensive academic support system for 160 educationally and economically disadvantaged students and those with disabilities. RISE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Student Support Services program at $226,595 per year for five years. Dr. Margaret Lee, Dr. DeAnna Cooper, Ramona Munoz, and Kelli Schulz were instrumental in the development of the proposal.
Center for Excellence in Energy Innovation
An Oklahoma Department of Commerce collaborative grant project fo cuses on training at least 1,000 Oklahomans for energy efficiency/renewable energy jobs. The newly established Center for Excellence in Energy Innovation (CEEI) at TCC's Northeast Campus will be equipped with the latest in alternative and renewable energy technologies to provide a hub for community and industry collaboration leading to energy-efficient solutions, to serve as a working example of an energy-efficient, sustainable facility and to promote entrepreneurial initiatives and economic development while creating public awareness of sustainable practices. The TCC CEEI received $233,000 from a U.S. Department of Labor grant through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Tommy Henderson, Mary Philpott, Mike Autrey, Dave Sollars, and Dr. Sandra Massey were instrumental in securing this funding.
Founders of Doctors' Hospital - Dental Hygiene
In the 25 years the Founders of Doctors' Hospital has been awarding TCC projects, the TCC Foundation received its largest award of $232,881 on behalf of TCC to furnish the TCC Dental Hygiene Clinic with 12 dental chairs and supportive equipment and supplies. In this supervised environment, TCC students are able to provide indigent dental care clinical services. This was a collaborative effort between Debbie Batson, Jim Pickens, Midge Elliott, the TCC Foundation, and the TCC Grants Office.
Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Region D Community College Consortia to Educate Information Technology Professionals in Health Care (ARRA)
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , the Consortium grant led by Pitt Community College provides TCC with $446,461 in the first year to provide information technology and health care terminology to both health care and information technology professionals in health care. The collaborative is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered to 21 other partner colleges across a 13-state region by Pitt Community College. Sandy Smith, Jim Pickens, and Midge Elliott were instrumental in securing this funding.
CareerAdvance, a Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAPTC)
CAPTC partnered with TCC, Tulsa Technology Center, Union Public Schools, and Workforce Tulsa to provide training, support, and connections to secure high-demand jobs paying at least $15/hour for low-income parents with very young children. The program helps participants overcome traditional barriers to employment, provides case management support, and creates partnerships with employers to ensure that job opportunities are available after training. TCC is subcontracted with CAPTC to receive $1,412,367 over five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, seed money for CareerAdvance was provided by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Lisa Watkins and Midge Elliott were instrumental in the development of this proposal.
Oklahoma Humanities Council - Red Fork Film Festival
The Oklahoma Humanities Council will support honoraria to teachers and participants in TCC's Red Fork Native American Film Festival events with a grant for $500. Steven Woods, Ginny Davis, and Dr. Peggy Dyer developed the proposal.
TCC Wavebreak Grant
Tulsa Community College received an extension on a $1.74 million grant from the Department of Labor for TCC's Wavebreak program to continue through March of 2012. Brian Hall, Program Director, launched the project in 2008 as a information technology training program in cloud computing, Web application development and mobile application development. Larry Poor, a Mobile application development student, has about two months left in his class, and believes it gave him access to development tools that are rarely available.As a student, the tools are available at no additional cost and allow students to write programs and put the apps on their iPhone for testing purposes and mobile application development.Best of all, Wavebreak pays tuition, certification testing fees and equipment for all qualified applicants.
Kaisers gives $400K Grant to TCC for Bridging The Gap
Early childhood education students at Tulsa Community College are getting a boost from a $400,000 grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation for its Bridging the Gap scholarship program. The grant is the largest single gift TCC has received from a donor outside of an endowment in the college's 41-year history. It will be used to continue a scholarship program that pays for tuition, books and fees for students seeking early childhood certifications and associate degrees at TCC.
The Kaiser foundation has been supportive of early childhood education as a means to break generational poverty. The foundation has awarded grants to Educare, the Community Action Project of Tulsa County's Head Start programs and the state's pilot program for infant/toddler education.
TCC Trains Health-Care Professionals for the HITECH Medical Records Jobs
By 2015 most health-care facilities including hospitals, doctor's offices and clinics will have to use electronic medical records to better serve patients and decrease health-care costs. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 gives hospitals and health-care professionals incentives if they use specific electronic medical records technology by 2015. It can also penalize those health-care facilities that don't by the deadline. Some large institutions like hospitals are conducting training in-house, but for smaller or rural hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices, they have to look for training elsewhere. Tulsa Community College received $446,000 to offer a 6-month health information technology certificate program. Sandy Smith is the Director of the Health Information Technology Program at TCC. TCC was the only community college in Oklahoma to receive the two-year grant.