BUFFALO—Erie Community College has been awarded $913,658 to aid major efforts in 10 different career-oriented programs, thanks to grant funding through the state's annually distributed Perkins IV award.
"This is tremendous news for not only our students, but for our faculty and staff who've worked tirelessly on the efforts being funded through this award," said ECC President Jack Quinn. "They're the people who make this college work, and they're always looking for ways to enhance career training for our students."
Academic programs most heavily aided by the grant monies include Building Management/Architecture Technology ($227,470), Hospitality Management ($135,549), Service Learning ($108,830) and Biomanufacturing ($87,070). The noted funds will be used to enhance such items as training laboratories for hospitality management students, to expanding the college's Biomanufacturing program to include a two-year Associate in Applied Science. Additionally, the Culinary Arts Program at City Campus will use allotted monies to develop a second degree in Bakery & Pastry Arts.
Other ECC programs that received grant funding include Construction Management Engineering, Dental Hygiene, Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology.
The Perkins IV Grant awards stem from the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006. Since 2007, it's been the principle source of federal funding to states for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs. Each year under Perkins IV, the U.S. Congress has appropriated more than $1.1 billion for educational grants to states.
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.