LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - South Plains College has been awarded a five-year $2.87 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop three new high demand technical and health occupations associate degree programs.
The grant project, titled "Strengthening High-Demand Technical/Health Occupations Programs," was awarded from the Office of Postsecondary Education's Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (Title V HSI).
The grant will enable SPC to develop, pilot and implement new associate degree programs in alternative energy technology (wind/solar), physical therapy assistant and engineering technology and expand its delivery of high demand training to its Plainview Extension Center.
SPC officials received notification of the grant from U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer, as well as Department of Education program officials.
"I am pleased that South Plains College is the recipient of the Title V grant that will enhance and expand their workforce development and technological training programs," said Neugebauer. "During these difficult economic times, it is even more important that we invest in technical training programs that will train and re-train individuals with skills to advance their careers and provide new academic and technical opportunities."
The award is the single largest competitive grant ever received by SPC. A total of 24 individual grants and five cooperative arrangement grants were awarded in this competition. SPC will receive $574,767 in the first year of the award.
The project will enable SPC to develop the new associate degree programs over the next five years, beginning with a new alternative energy specialization that will focus on both wind and solar energy technology. This program will be developed at the SPC Reese Center, and will be an offshoot of SPC's industrial manufacturing program. Grant funds will be used to remodel and equip new training labs.
SPC also elected to participate in the endowment option in the Title V HSI program and will be seeking to raise $278,000 in endowment funds over the next five years that will be matched by the grant program. The endowment will provide scholarships and program support for the newly established technical programs.
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