Nunez Community College Receives $2.7M GrantSep 28th, 2012 | By Jessica Gonzalez | Category: Community
Nunez Community College has received over $2.7M in federal grant funds to redesign their business administration programs, including an emphasis on business management, restaurant/tourism management, and entrepreneurship.
The funding is from a competitive grant competition opened to community colleges and universities nationwide in an effort to enhance ties between higher education institutions and local business and industry. The focus of the funding is to ensure that students trained within the identified programs are able to compete for high-wage, high-skills careers.
Nunez’s grant will have three main foci, the first of which is to work with area four-year institutions to complete 2 + 2 agreements in business administration, tourism, and entrepreneurship. Students will have the assurance with the 2 + 2 program that if they follow the curriculum, their entire program at Nunez will be accepted by the receiving university.
“This is something we’ve been working on for quite some time,” said Thomas R. Warner, chancellor of Nunez, “and this grant will afford us the opportunity to fund the activity fully. Any time you change a program or shift focus, there are costs involved. This will mean we can bring in experts in the field to get this done in a way that both industry and education sectors can be satisfied that the students completing this program have the skills to fill these high-wage, high-demand positions.”
“These grants come at a critical time when many hard-working residents have lost their jobs through no fault of their own,” Sen. Mary Landrieu said. “These funds will play a vital role in providing the skills and opportunities needed to move these deserving Louisianians into a stable career that will allow them to prosper and provide for their families. I am thankful to Nunez for its commitment to educating and building a competitive workforce for our state.”
The second focus of the grant will be to develop a Small Business Development Center, with resources for the community to access funding sources, create business plans, and take classes on marketing and management.
Finally, the grant includes funding for a restaurant/hotel/tourism lab, complete with a hotel simulation model, a commercial demonstration kitchen and a functioning dining room.
“All of the programs involved will include opportunities for internships within the greater New Orleans Region,” said Christian Lagarde, Program Chair for Business and Office Careers.
Warner said that Lagarde is principally responsible for the direction of the grant proposal.
“He worked closely with our Office of Institutional Advancement personnel to research and write this grant. We’re very proud of his effort, and that of our staff. This is a tremendous opportunity for Nunez to both work with and serve our community,” said Warner.