Erie Community College has received a $20,000 grant from MetLife Foundation for being named by Jobs for the Future as a finalist for the 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award in the Service Through Innovation category.
A team of national experts and practitioners in the community college field selected ECC and eight other finalists from 29 semi-finalists out of the original 187 applicants.
ECC will use this grant to further strengthen its innovative Dedicated, Accountable, Dependable and Self-Sufficient (DADS) initiative.
Developed in 2006, this program focuses on academic and vocational training for non-custodial parents ages 18-35 who are unable to pay child support. Services provided in the DADS program include job readiness classes; job placement services; career planning and counseling; academic classes; parenting classes and support services in areas such as transportation, housing, substance abuse and mental health.
After two years, 67 percent of DADS program participants were paying child support. ECC is exploring developing a similar MOMS initiative.
“We are honored to be recognized for our academic excellence and innovation by the MetLife Foundation,” Ellen Errigo, executive director of the ECC Foundation, said.
The three winning colleges, Chaffey College in California, Clover Park Technical College in Washington and Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois, each received a $50,000 grant.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.