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Baltimore County Community College received a $25,000 grant from Civic Ventures, with support from the MetLife Foundation, to develop its “Prime 50+ Transition Program.” The program, an executive outplacement model, is designed to help African-American women over the age of 50 develop individual plans to transition into encore careers in public school education, health care and social services.

Calhoun Community College (Ala.) has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the college’s Upward Bound project. The four-year grant begins this year and will be funded in the amount of $390,000 per year through Aug. 31, 2011.

Clark College’s Corporate Education (Wash.) unit has been awarded more than $244,000 in job skills program grants to provide customized training for eight Clark County businesses during the 2007-08 fiscal year.

The CUNY Catch Program at Bronx Community College received a $230,000 grant from the Robin Hood Foundation to implement the “Making the Grade College Success Program,” which will provide extra support to CUNY Catch students who obtain their GED and then transition into BCC for their associate degree studies.

Educational Testing service has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to study supplementary education. The two-year grant will partially fund a study group that will identify the connections between learning and teaching in school and out of school. The research will be conducted in collaboration with The College Board and Teachers College of Columbia University and with support from the W.T. Grant Foundation.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation received a $100,000 grant from the Staples Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples Inc. This year, SFFL’s support will fund the launch of the Hispanic Heritage Teacher Award, an award that acknowledges influential teachers who have a positive impact on Latino youth and within Latino communities across the country.
Johnson C. Smith University (N.C.) received $500,000 from BB&T Corp. to endow the teaching of capitalism and free markets at the university.

The School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a $1 million gift from the UAB Health System to help create a 24- to 36-month master’s degree program in the field. The new program is designed to train 45 new nurses each year to help alleviate a nursing shortage in the state.

The University of the Arts’ (Pa.) endowment has received a $25 million gift from philanthropist Dorrance H. Hamilton, the granddaughter of Campbell’s Soup founder John T. Dorrance. The gift is the second such donation from Hamilton to the college since November.

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