Erie Community College has been awarded $1,053,114 in Perkins IV funding from the New York State Department of Education under the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, ECC President Jack Quinn announced Friday.
The college’s Autobody Repair, Automotive Technology, Biology, Crime Scene Technology, Dental Hygiene, Electrical Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Industrial Technology, are all slated to receive funding for new equipment and technology under this grant.
The grant will also be used to purchase a new 3G SimMan for the nursing program’s simulation technology training laboratory. Simulation technology allows students to practice responding to a wide range of medical scenarios without affecting the health of live patients. The new SimMan will provide students with access to information through the use of electronic medical records.
In addition, the college will fund efforts to create an English Language Institute for Limited English Proficiency students to improve their English reading comprehension and writing skills and to provide comprehensive service learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff.
"Once again, ECC has secured Perkins funding that will help us stay current with the needs of our in-demand programs" Quinn said. "This money assists with the innovating expansion of programs that lead our students directly into the workforce. This funding will also help with focusing on pathways for women in the field of career and technical education. This grant would not have been possible without the hard work of Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Richard Washousky and the ECC grants coordinators, and I thank them for their efforts."
Since 2006, ECC has been awarded more than $5.3 million in Perkins IV funding.
Erie Community College is a comprehensive provider of quality, flexible, affordable and accessible academic training programs, along with related services, that meet the needs of a diverse student body and promote regional economic growth.