Harvest funds grant to NCI

Dr. Leanna Blevins and a Student at NCI

May 11, 2008

The Harvest Foundation has announced a two-year, nearly $3.4 million grant to support efforts and programs of the New College Institute.

The grant to the New College Foundation for up to $3,369,618 will match state funds requested for the college. It is part of Harvest’s initial $50 million grant to match state funds for the college, according to Angela Logan, program officer for education at The Harvest Foundation.

The money will be used to support existing and proposed academic programs, support initiatives in local schools to encourage students to attend college, enhance student recruitment and instructional technology with additional computers and increase the number of teacher endorsements, Logan said.

Currently, three teacher endorsments are offered through NCI, she said.

The New College Foundation assists and promotes NCI in its efforts to become a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Currently, students can complete their bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through programs offered at NCI.

“This grant underscores our continued commitment to see a four-year, baccalaureate institution in Martinsville and Henry County,” Logan said. “We are excited about what NCI has been able to accomplish in such a short time, and are eager to see where it goes from here.”

New College Institute’s enrollment of more than 200 students has exceeded initial projections. However, NCI hopes to serve even more area residents, according to a release from the Harvest Foundation.

To do that, plans are in the works to increase efforts to recruit and inform the public about NCI programs.

“New College Institute is very grateful to the Harvest Foundation for its continuing support for NCI”, said NCI Executive Director Dr. Barry Dorsey. “Only four years ago, NCI was a dream. Now, in the coming academic year, NCI will offer at least a dozen bachelor’s completion and master’s degree programs provided in Martinsville-Henry County by eight separate institutions. NCI also provides endorsement and recertification programs for teachers and has a very active outreach program to increase the area’s college-going rate.”

The New College Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2006. It is able to receive donations that may be used to benefit NCI and NCI students.

The Harvest Foundation was established in 2002 from the sale of the Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.


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