BUFFALO—Erie Community College has been chosen to receive $287,844 in SUNY High Needs grant funding for two emerging and career-focused programs—Electrical Engineering Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) - Renewable Clean Energy—between next year and the 2015-16 academic year.
The Electrical Engineering Technology grant totals $57,079 in first year (2013-2014), $57,698 in the second (2014-15), and $60,640 in the third (2015-16). Funds will be used to hire a new full time faculty member and pay for additional duties for an existing faculty member to do curriculum development for a new Fall 2013 course in Programmable Logic Controllers. According to ECC officials, the new, full-time faculty member will allow for rescheduling of classes, an increased number of course sections, and an increase in enrollment and graduation in the college’s Electrical Engineering Program.
The HVAC grant—entitled “Renewable Clean Energy: Expansion of the HVAC Program at Erie Community College’s North Campus” grant—was approved for $54,739 in first year (2013-14) and $ 57,698 in the second (2014-15). Funds will be used to hire a new full time faculty member; to establish a full day-time HVAC program at North Campus beginning in the fall 2013 semester; and to increase the enrollment in ECC’s classroom-to-career HVAC program.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.