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All great ideas need an extra boost

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The MCC Foundation's Inspiring Innovation Mini-Grants program will award its second cycle of grants this spring to staff and faculty projects with mission-driven, studentfocused outcomes. The MCC Foundation Board of Directors developed the program last summer as a way to catalyze creativity and innovation by supporting projects that enhance the learning environment and student experience. Selected by a panel of MCC Foundation board members, the one-year grant awards range from $500 to $3,000. Projects must impact one of two critical areas of need: instruction and learning or services and support.

"Sometimes, all that great ideas need is a little extra boost to get them going," said Pat Crisler, associate vice president of development and executive director of the MCC Foundation. "With $3,000, we feel that staff and faculty can make a strong impact on our students by improving things like college access, career preparedness, program completion or personal and professional enrichment. Our donors want to make a lasting difference through their gifts to the MCC Foundation; these grants enable us to help them meet that goal."

MCC's Grants office lent its support to the project by providing training and guidance to all mini-grant applicants and awardees. Through the process, staff and faculty will be encouraged to seek and apply for grants outside of the MCC Foundation mini-grant opportunity, building the College's capacity for grant development and management. "Grants inspire innovative planning and forward-thinking beyond what department budgets are often able to support," said Crisler. "One of our goals with this project is to engage more of our staff and faculty in this innovative way of doing business as we work together to advance the College's mission."

Cycle one awardees
Great Plains Theatre Conference MainStage play publishing
and video, $3,000

The GPTC will publish and videotape the readings of the five
MainStage plays during the 2012 Conference and use them
as teaching tools in a variety of classes, meeting the demand
for fresh, contemporary works.

Math assessment tool, $3,000
This measuring aid can be used in a variety of classes to
help students improve their ability to accurately read a ruler,
understand fractions and prepare them to meet the basic
needs of industry. Funds will purchase additional tool kits to
meet the growing demand.

Entrepreneur Blue Sky Fund, $3,000
This fund will enable MCC students from any program
area access to small funding between $100–$500 to
enable them to pre-test, research, start, sustain or grow an
entrepreneurial or innovative endeavor.

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