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Montgomery College Foundation Awards $44,000 Through Innovation Fund Grants

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Published: 2019-05-15 00:00:01.000

The Montgomery College Foundation has awarded $44,000 in Innovation Fund grants for 2019-2020 to four initiatives that address student success, equity, and completion. The four were chosen from 17 proposals received.

Created by Dr. Pollard in 2011, the Innovation Fund is made possible this year through the generosity of Montgomery College Foundation donors.

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

<b>Digital Storytelling: From Community of Practice to Pedagogical Innovation & On-Campus Internship Program.</b> <i>Jamie Gillan, Sara Ducey, and Matthew Decker. Award amount: $20,100.</i>
Supported by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, this project will expand and support the burgeoning community of practice in digital storytelling at Montgomery College. Beginning with a summer program for selected faculty and students interested in digital storytelling to explore technology, pedagogy (with expert support), and the internship program design, six participating faculty members from any discipline will design a digital storytelling assignment to implement in the fall. Eligible students from those six courses will be encouraged to apply for the digital storytelling internship program. These students will develop digital technology capacities and other soft skills and will participate in a tour of University of Maryland Baltimore County, which has a vibrant digital storytelling program and New Media lab. The expectation is for the program to expand to 12 sections in the spring 2020 semester, impacting approximately 300 students per semester. Enrolled students will be introduced to transferable skills and technology employable in any class and be prepared for modern entry-level positions in a variety of careers.

<b>Let's Build a House.</b> <i>Ali Fadl, George Payne, Ed Roberts, Chantal Vilmar, Shorieh Talaat, and Mario Parcan. Award amount: $10,000.</i>
Applied Technologies students and others will collaborate to design, build, and sell a tiny house on wheels. This house will feature the latest in sustainable and green design concepts, and it will be a livable and marketable product. By participating, students will gain valuable practical, real-world experience that will help them succeed after graduation. Selling the house makes the program fully self-funding after the first year, thus providing MC students with the same opportunity year after year.

<b>MoCo Connects: Student, Near-Peer, and Career Networking.</b> <i>Cinder Cooper Barnes and Tammy Peery. Award amount: $9,500.</i>
General Education faculty, recent MC alumni, employers, and other campus stakeholders will provide students with opportunities to develop, foster, and showcase the skills they learn in the Gen-Ed courses outside of class. The General Education Standing Committee will offer a three-prong program that includes an opening mini-conference to connect approximately 45-90 students with near-peers and career professionals; mentorship between near-peers/professionals and students; and a presentation/closing conference showcasing student learning.

<b>Professional Identity Formation through STEM Service Learning.</b> <i>Monica Mellini. Award amount: $4,400.</i>
This project will recruit and train a cohort of Montgomery College STEM students to perform STEM-related activities in the community. Teams of two student volunteers (approximately 12 students in total) will lead a small project to deploy an "Internet of Things" weather station at a community site as part of a K-12 class or extracurricular activity. Both MC and MCPS students will benefit during the course of the project, and the host sites may choose to continue to interact with the weather station and data for years after the service learning activity is completed.

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