Enhancement Grants to Provide New Opportunities for Students

The Flathead Valley Community College Foundation has awarded the following enhancement grants to FVCC faculty members to provide their students with more sophisticated learning experiences:

Supporting STEM Education at FVCC – STEM Research and Colloquium Fund
Amount Awarded: $5,000

Led by FVCC STEM faculty, the College has created a STEM Research and Colloquium Fund. This innovative program will provide new opportunities for students to expand their STEM research and will allow them to share and present their work at national conferences. Expenditures from the fund were earmarked to include honoraria for guest speakers, travel, research, supplies and equipment, presentation, costs, student conference attendance, stem student scholarships and faculty support.

Quality Matters Training for eLearning Faculty Fellows
Amount Awarded: $5,000

Each division has a faculty fellow who assists other faculty with online/hybrid teaching and course development. To support best practice strategies in delivery of online instruction, we would like the Faculty Fellows to become Quality Matters certified. Quality Matters is the gold standard in online teaching.

Special Topics Lab Experience for Current Students and Graduates of the FVCC PTA Program
Amount Awarded: $1,500

We have so many local PTs/PTAs with specialty certifications that can offer clinical relevance, education and lab practice to our current students and graduates. Topics that are being considered are: manual therapy, lymphedema, women’s and men’s health, vestibular, cupping/IASTYM, etc. Janice is proposing an 8-10 hour day filled with great education and fun for current and past FVCC.

Building Food Security into the College Experience at FVCC
Amount Awarded: $4,250

In the spring 2020 semester, a new food systems course was launched at FVCC. The course, AGSC 265: Building Community Food Systems, is designed to teach students about the opportunities and challenges that exist within our food system from economic, political, social, and environmental perspectives. As part of the course, students propose, develop, and implement a project aimed at improving their community food system. Most students who take the course have a role and an interest in the food system. The course is a requirement for the Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems and Culinary Arts and Catering AAS degree programs, and is open to all students at FVCC.

Completing the Campus Food System Cycle
Amount Awarded: $2,342

In the spring 2020 semester, a new food systems course was launched at FVCC. The course, AGSC 265: Building Community Food Systems, is designed to teach students about the opportunities and challenges that exist within our food system from economic, political, social, and environmental perspectives. As part of the course, students propose, develop, and implement a project aimed at improving their community food system. Most students who take the course have a role and an interest in the food system. The course is a requirement for the Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems and Culinary Arts and Catering AAS degree programs, and is open to all students at FVCC.

OT Hotspots
Amount Awarded: $1,080

OT would like to provide hotspots for approximately 30 students who do not have Internet access.

For more information on these projects, contact the FVCC Foundation Office at (406) 756-3632 or foundation@fvcc.edu.