Summer 2015

Title III Mini Grant Awardees
Summer 2015

In July 2015, three mini grants were awarded. Awardees and projects are as follows:

Title: Boxlight Projector for CNT Student Success
Applicant: Dale McCormick, CNT Faculty
Amount Awarded: $2,300
Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence
Summary of Project: The Computer Network Technology (CNT) program relies heavily on web-based interactive professional certification training materials. This project includes the purchase of a Boxlight projector. Boxlight’s interactive features will keep students engaged by elevating the online training system’s familiar single-user desktop environment to a collaborative multi-user experience. Evaluation measures include:

  • Comparing the results of memory retention quizzes specially designed to measure the difference in students’ attention to presentations before and after implementation of the Boxlight system.
  • Measuring and comparing the participation level of students, quantitatively and qualitatively, in presentations before and after implementation of the Boxlight system.
  • Qualitatively assessing the students’ attention to the presented material before and after implementation of the Boxlight system with questions designed to indicate comprehension

Title: Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology (MART) Tablet Project
Applicant: John Campbell, MART Faculty
Amount Awarded: $2,500
Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence
Summary of Project: The MART field continues to change and evolve. Most technicians today use tablets while on the job, providing them immediate access to technical manuals and other needed information. RTC’s current MART lab is not equipped with the needed devices for students to digitally access information. The MART Tablet Project will give students access to digital manuals and other pertinent information while in the lab. Evaluation measures include:

  • Students’ ability to gain valuable technical information from the digital source (tablet).
  • Meeting employer’s requirements for qualified applicants for job openings in the MART field (ability to use tablets at the jobsite).
  • Meeting the College’s target of a smaller printer footprint.
  • Attracting prospective students by tablet usage.

Title: Advising Workshop for Academic Faculty
Applicant: Sarah Redd, Science Faculty
Amount Awarded: $2,500
Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence
Summary of Project: The purpose of this project is to increase student satisfaction with RTC’s support systems, specifically with academic and course planning support. This project will increase the interaction between students, academic instructors, and advisors. In collaboration with the counseling department, a series of workshops will be held for academic faculty to be trained on how to use the high-touch advising model. Faculty will commit to learning and using the model.

Our next round of mini grants will be in winter. Please stay tuned for details on the upcoming competition. For questions and inquiries, contact Michelle Campbell, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, at mcampbell@rtc.edu.