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Laney College Receives $1 Million State Innovation in Higher Education Award

11 April 2017

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California’s Department of Finance announced on Tuesday, April 4, that Laney College was among 14 institutions to receive $1 and $2 million Innovation in Higher Education awards from the State’s $25 million special fund. The award promotes innovative planning at community colleges throughout California.

Laney was selected for its 5-year proposal to help diverse students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, succeed by providing them with greater access to high quality, touch-technology and SMART classroom cyber-learning environments beginning in the gateway discipline of biology. These points were highlighted for the selection committee by Executive Vice Chancellor Elnora Webb, biology instructor Doug Bruce, and lab coordinator Robert Tracy at Monday’s award session in Sacramento.

“This award will help bridge the digital divide that exists in many of the communities we serve and ensure all students receive a quality education that can lead to high-demand jobs in technology, biotechnology, bio manufacturing, and others,” said Laney President Tammeil Gilkerson. 

The winning proposal was collaboratively drafted by Dr. Webb, biology co-chairs Rebecca Bailey and Amy Bohorquez, and bio manufacturing program coordinator Dr. Leslie Blackie. Also involved were English instructor Tony Watkins who provided invaluable editing, and Math and Sciences Dean Denise Richardson for her support of this effort.

“I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state.”

To read Laney’s proposal, go here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/programs/Education/Submitted_Applications_2017/documents/[14]_Laney_College.pdf

For more information about this award, contact Dean Richardson at drichardson@peralta.edu.

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