Foundation awards grants to college staff

The Centralia College Foundation has announced this year’s recipients of the Hanke Staff Mini-grants, named for Walter Hanke, one of the foundation’s supporters.

Centralia College staff members and administrators were eligible to apply for grants to cover expenses outside the scope of state resources, including special projects, activities, or equipment.

“State budget cuts have really impacted the college’s ability to buy and replace equipment and pursue new initiatives for students. The foundation has stepped up to fill that gap by awarding the Hanke Staff Mini-grants every year,” explained Julia Johnson, director of donor and alumni relations. “Where foundation scholarships support students in a very direct way, the staff mini-grants support the college’s overall learning environment.”

This year, $8,504 was awarded to support college projects.

  • Enhancing native habitat in the Kiser Natural Outdoor Learning Lab
  • Dishwasher for the chemistry department
  • Credit card machines for Centralia College East (Morton), the Washington Hall ticket office, and the Business Office (four total)
  • Color printer
  • T-shirts for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (free preschool programs throughout Lewis County)
  • Job Fair 2018
  • Security locks for the gym
  • Event tent

Recipients will be officially recognized at the college’s staff breakfast on June 16.

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