$4 Million Title III Grant Awarded to EACC
September 26, 2013
East Arkansas Community College
Forrest City- East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City, Arkansas has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions grant of $4 million for the purpose of strengthening the College’s technology infrastructure and online capacity.
The five-year Expanding Options for Instruction and Support grant will improve the College’s online learning by expanding infrastructure, providing faculty and staff development, converting degree program requirements for online delivery, revising current online courses to increase interactivity, and create web-based student support services.
One of the largest grants in EACC’s history, the Title III grant will help support the development and expansion of online degree and certificate programs in areas such as Allied Health, Business and Technology, Criminal Justice, Industrial Technologies, Workforce Training, Teaching, and other areas. The growth of the institution’s online learning programs will also contribute to numerous business and industry training opportunities further enhancing economic development throughout the region.
“This grant will afford EACC the opportunity to improve the technology infrastructure needed for us to provide cutting edge services and program delivery for our students,” said Dr. Coy Grace, EACC President. “After several months of working on the application of this grant, we are pleased that EACC will now have better technology to provide greater economic opportunities for thousands of Delta residents by expanding the method in which college degrees are obtained at EACC.”
“This is an exciting and momentous occasion in the life of our college. Through the resources provided in this grant, we will be able to bring training and educational opportunities to our constituents that we could have previously only hoped to provide,” said Dr. Grace.
East Arkansas Community College was notified by Congressional leaders last week of the grant’s award. The leadership for the Title III grant proposal was provided by Chris Heigle, EACC Director of Administrative Services. “We built this grant proposal around enhancing technology in order to allow students better access to degrees leading to better jobs,” said Heigle. “The technology enhancements will lead to increased certificate and degree completion by targeting programs with the greatest potential to impact our region’s workforce.” In addition to formulating the College’s grant proposals, Heigle also serves as a liaison for regional economic development throughout EACC’s service area.
East Arkansas Community College is a full-service community college serving a large portion of eastern Arkansas including St. Francis, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Woodruff, and Poinsett counties. EACC’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for everyone within the College service community by providing opportunities for educational excellence, economic stimulation, and cultural enrichment. The faculty and staff at EACC are committed to providing students of all ages and stages of life access to high quality and affordable educational opportunities.