mcc schoolbuilding 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/7/19) — Last week was an historic one for Madisonville Community College, as leadership received official notification of three major grant awards totaling $3.53 million.

Dr. Cindy Kelley, MCC president, received word that the college’s applications for both a U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions grant and a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities grant were approved and fully funded. At the end of the week, the college also received official notification of the receipt of a Delta Regional Authority States Economic Development Assistance Program grant.

“This was a record-setting week for us and we are so excited to be able to move forward with these important initiatives for student success,” Kelley said. “This funding support will help us expand academic programming and create new structures to ensure our students get the best support possible.”

Initiatives in the college’s Title III grant, worth $2.129 million over a five-year period, will improve student academic advising, enhance the use of technology and software to support student success, and improve the delivery of instruction by adjunct faculty members, college officials reported.

The Department of Labor project, awarded at $1.258 million over a three-year period, will include acquisition of a site to conduct Commercial Driver’s License training, expansion of the college’s popular lineman training program into Sebree in Webster County, equipment needed for both programs, and for personnel to market and promote the new offerings through a partnership with Henderson Community College.

The SEDAP grant, in the amount of $143,380, will fund the purchase of a semi-truck and trailer with related equipment to launch a CDL program also to be located in Sebree.

“These grants will ensure that we are meeting the needs of our area employers and that we are doing all we can on campus to ensure students have a pathway to a better life,” Kelley said.

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