Title III Mini Grant Awardees Fall 2016

In December 2016, three mini grants were awarded. Awardees and projects are as follows:

Title: Adjunct Faculty Mentoring on Student Retention and Persistence

Applicant: Martha Chamberlin, Accounting Faculty

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence

Summary of Project: This project will use instructor/peer-student teams to focus on increasing the attendance and gains of ABE/ELA students. A number of short interventions will be conducted to identify potential strategies for increasing student persistence and transition.


Title: Torbal Automated Scale Project

Applicant: Lynn-Dee Spencer, Pharmacy Technician Faculty

Amount Awarded: $2,382

Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence

Summary of Project: This project will give students enrolled in the pharmacy technician program the skills needed to successfully operate an automated pill-weighting scale, an accreditation requirement for the program. Use of the scale will help improve student success in the program by training them on the equipment used at externship sites. It is expected that students’ job placement rates will increase following implementation of this project.


Title: Electronic Charting with Tablets Project

Applicant(s): Ashley Savage and Trisha Foreman, Medical Assistant Faculty

Amount Awarded: $2,500

Component Addressed: Component 2 – Student Retention and Persistence

Summary of Project: This project involves the purchase of tablets to use in the medical assistant clinical classroom. Tablets are regularly featured in medical clinics and medical assistants are required to use them daily in the field. Currently, students enrolled in RTC’s medical assistant program do not have access to tablet training. Thus, the purchase of these tablets will greatly impact student preparedness for the workforce. It is expected that students’ job placement rates will increase following implementation of this project.