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  1. 1. CONTRACTS & GRANTS Community College of Allegheny County Quarterly Update: May 2008 NEW CHOICES/NEW OPTIONS Sometimes a person needs to change direction in life, but doesn’t know where to begin. Since 1986, single parents, displaced homemakers and individuals interested in non-traditional (by gender) careers have been able to find needed assistance at CCAC through the New Choices/New Options (NC/NO) program. This program, while having undergone name changes and administrative changes since its inception, has provided a free career development and job readiness program to empower individuals in transition to participate fully in achieving their career, education and personal goals. Overall, the mission of NC/NO is to assist individuals in transition achieve economic self-sufficiency. Originally funded under the Perkins grant, this grant program is now funded solely at the state level under the guidance of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technology Education. At CCAC, Sumana Misra oversees the NC/NO program and serves as the program’s counselor to assist participants with In this issue: personal and/or career-related issues. During the 2007–2008 grant year, classes were New Choices/New Options held at Allegheny campus, Homewood-Brushton center, West Hills center, Boyce Grant Writing campus and Washington County center. Classes were also offered at the Brashear Funding News Association located in the South Side. A total of 100 participants were enrolled in the program. The program provides 100 hours of direct service to individuals and is conducted in eight week cycles—three days per week, 4.5 hours per day. Students who enroll can expect to participate in modules covering personal development, career CONTRACTS & GRANTS development, job readiness and basic computer skills to enhance their desirability The Contracts & Grants office is available in the job market. to assist faculty, staff and administrators in the procurement of external funding. If During the personal development segment, students learn about self-esteem you would like help identifying funding development, transferable skills, stress and time management, financial opportunities or with grant development, contract/grant compliance and grant-related empowerment, assertive communication and conflict resolution. Goal setting professional development, please call: and decision-making exercises round out this module. The career development Carol Yoannone, D.Ed. component consists of vocational and personality tests, job market information Director of Contracts & Grants including regional and national trends, high priority careers, non-traditional careers Ph: 412.237.2227 Email: and training options. Students are also provided information on obtaining financial Kathleen Weir aid for continuing their education. Grants Development Coordinator 412.237.3013 We’re More than You Know Email:
  2. 2. Contracts & Grants Students are provided with practical information to assist them with entering the Contact Information job market immediately. During the job readiness module, students are taught College Office, Room 209 how to write a resume and cover letter, and learn interviewing skills, the art of 800 Allegheny Avenue networking and cold calling. They also are instructed on how to use the computer Pittsburgh, PA 15233 and Internet for a job search and learn study skills needed for remaining employed Phone: 412.237.2227 once they secure a position. Finally, to ensure that students have up-to-date skills, Fax: 412.237.3037 they are provided with at least 30 hours of computer instruction to learn the Microsoft package. Email: Once students have completed the program, a graduation ceremony is held to celebrate their success. The program doesn’t end there—the students who are “job ready” work with a NC/NO job developer to find employment while others enroll at CCAC or other institutions for further training. Throughout the years, students from all walks of life and education levels have found their way to the program. The overwhelming driver for all of them was that something needed to change in the direction of their lives. After coming together as disparate individuals, they work together as a group to learn more about themselves and the world of work. Students who have graduated from the program have gone on for further education at CCAC and other institutions and have obtained positions that provide sustainable wages. Past participants have found employment as a full-time legislative assistant for a U.S. Senator, an income maintenance caseworker in the Department of Public Welfare and even various positions with CCAC. For more information, contact Sumana Misra or Linda Little at Byers Hall, Room 322, Allegheny campus, 412.237.4682. FEDERAL BUDGET TIMELINE CCAC operates on a budget year that begins on July 1 and ends on June 30—but not all grants begin and operate on that same calendar. The federal government’s fiscal year begins on October 1. Sometimes this may get confusing, especially when federal dollars are involved. The following is the timeline under which Congress must take action on the federal budget. These dates are mandated in federal law, but they are not always met, although they remain the goal. April 15: Deadline for adoption of the conference report on the nonbinding congressional budget resolution for the coming fiscal year. The resolution is required to pass the House and Senate, but the president does not sign it. May 15: House begins consideration of appropriation bills, even if a budget resolution has not been approved. CONTRACTS & GRANTS We’re More than You Know
  3. 3. June 10: House Appropriations Committee should complete last appropriation bill. June 30: House should complete action on all 13 regular appropriations bills and sends the measures to the Senate. Oct. 1: The new fiscal year begins. All appropriations bills must have been approved by Congress and signed by the president, or a continuing resolution to temporarily fund agencies without formal appropriations must be enacted. Failure to do so can cause parts of the federal government to shut down. Glossary Following is a listing of commonly used terms that describe various stages and components of the federal budget process. Appropriation—the act of Congress that enables a federal agency to spend money for specific purposes. An appropriation may be for any dollar amount up to the authorization level. Authorization—legislation that establishes or continues the legal operation of a program and usually sets limits on the amount of federal funds that may be made available in any given fiscal year. Budget authority—the legal permission granted by Congress to obligate funds from the U.S. Treasury, usually in the form of an appropriation. Budget resolution—a nonbinding agreement between the House and Senate that sets the overall level of funding that will be provided through appropriations in a given fiscal year. Discretionary spending—the funding contained within the federal budget that is distributed by Congress and the president for programs they choose to fund and for which an authorization has been approved. Entitlement spending—funding that the federal government is legally obligated to provide to programs and individuals meeting the legal criteria for eligibility. Such programs include Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Fiscal year 2009—federal government’s budget year, which begins Wednesday, October 1, 2008, and ends Wednesday, September 30, 2009. Obligations—contracts and other commitments made by the federal government that will require monetary outlays in the future. Outlays—how much money the U.S. Treasury actually dispenses in a given fiscal year. Rescission—a reduction or cancellation of previously appropriated funds. source: February 18, 2008 Local/State Funding Report,, pg. 5 CONTRACTS & GRANTS We’re More than You Know
  4. 4. GRANT WRITING As always, the Contracts & Grants office encourages you to consider writing a grant. Not only can you find funding for a worthwhile project, but grant writing provides an opportunity for professional development. When considering writing a grant proposal, remember that each funding agency has a mission that guides its grant awards. Look for grant opportunities that match both CCAC’s goals as well as the funding agency’s. For example, Department of Labor funding will be more interested in how the workforce is impacted with your project, while the Department of Education is more interested in projects with a positive effect on disadvantaged students. Basic Grant Components Abstract: concise summary n History/Background: answers where? n Need (Problem Statement) to be addressed: answers why? n Goals and Objectives/Outcomes: answers what will be accomplished? n Plan of Operation/Management n Plan: answers how? n Timeframe/Timeline: answers when? n Key Personnel: answers who? n Evaluation: answers how well? n Sustainability: answers for how long? n Budget and Budget Justification: answers how much? n source: Daphne Lewis, CFRE Director, Grants Development, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Council of Resource Development online presentation, April 2008. Online Data Sites If you are interested in using data to highlight the need for your proposed project, explore these websites: AACC Trends and Statistics Statistics about U.S. community colleges and demographics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Statistical data and information on postsecondary institutions CONTRACTS & GRANTS We’re More than You Know
  5. 5. FUNDING NEWS Through the support of Senators Arlen Specter and Robert Casey and Congressman John Peterson, CCAC will receive $454,912 in Congressionally-directed funds. These awards will be used for two different projects. The U.S. Department of Education provided the college with $383,187 to be used to continue providing technical education courses in the northwestern region of Pennsylvania. The remaining $71,725 from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used to improve access to apprenticeship programs. These awards will help the college to move forward its mission to prepare the region’s residents for academic, professional, and personal success in our changing global society. THE FINAL WORD Looking for a Committee? The Contracts & Grants office is looking for volunteers to serve on an advisory committee. This committee is needed to assist with reviewing the current Contracts & Grants handbook as well as to advise on the internal grant approval process. If you are interested, send an email to Did You Know? The CCAC Contracts & Grants office’s handbook is available online. The handbook includes a proposal outline, budgeting information and how to navigate the CCAC process for grant proposal submission. Click on Contracts & Grants Handbook to find the handbook online. Make this your first stop before writing a grant proposal! Remember… Before entering into any contract for providing services and/or courses to an outside agency or educational institution when government funds are involved, contact the Contracts & Grants office. Many times, organizations are spending public grant funds to purchase CCAC services and do not realize that we need to follow proper procedures for compliance issues. If Contracts & Grants works with you before the contract is finalized and the program begins, we are all better prepared with no surprises. Stop by Anytime… Contracts & Grants is located in College Office. Kathy Weir is located in room 105 and Carol Yoannone is on the second floor in room 209. CONTRACTS & GRANTS We’re More than You Know
  6. 6. CONTRACTS & GRANTS, 2007–2008 This report shows currently funded contracts and grants for the 2007–2008 fiscal year; page will be updated as necessary. Funding Agency Title Project Director Total Amount Funding Period PA Dept of Education Act 101 Pettway $186,000 07/07–06/08 PA Dept of Education Act 143 041 (Federal) Onufer $29,448 07/07–06/08 PA Dept of Education Act 143 059 (State) Onufer $62,258 07/07–06/08 GLPC (PA Dept of Education) Adult Basic Education Greenwood $12,000 07/07–06/08 PA Dept of Education Adult Impact Grant – Case Management Onufer $55,000 07/07–06/08 Allegheny County Alumni Program Gall $150,000 01/07–12/08 Alleg County Dept of Human Services BETC Hester $125,000 07/07–06/08 NSF (PA SSHE) Career Pathways – Middle School/High School Cunningham $12,825 07/07–06/08 City of Pittsburgh CitiParks Guercio $20,000 07/07–06/08 McKeesport Hospital (PA Dept of Health) Diabetes Workshops Campano $50,000 01/05–12/07 PA Dept of Health Diversity in the EMS Profession Oblak $3,000 04/08–06/08 PA Dept of Community and Economic Development Haemonetics Hannon $50,000 07/04–06/08 US Dept of Labor Healthcare Recruitment and Retention Colville $149,115 05/05–09/07 Alleg County Dept of Human Services Hunger/Homeless Guercio $2,500 07/07–06/08 Alleg County Dept of Human Services Kane Leisure Learn Guercio $96,000 07/07–06/09 Alleg County Dept of Human Services KEYS Blocksidge $294,850 07/07–06/08 YWCA – Southwest Regional Key Keystone Stars Daller $9,431 07/07–06/08 (PA Dept of Welfare) (Quality Improvement Grant) YWCA – Southwest Regional Key Keystone Stars Welch $9,436 07/07–06/08 (PA Dept of Welfare) (Quality Improvement Grant) Alleg County Dept of Human Services Life Enrichment/Education & Training (Aging) Guercio $136,000 07/07–06/08 Alleg County Dept of Human Services MH/MR/DD Guercio $314,034 07/07–06/08 US Dept of Labor (ETA) Mobile Lab Blocksidge $49,600 03/06–02/08 Alleg County Dept of Human Services MOST Hester $260,000 07/07–06/08 Penn State Nanotechnology Cunningham $20,000 03/06–08/07 PA Dept of Education New Choices/New Options Misra $176,874 07/07–06/08 Alleg County Dept of Human Services Nurse Aide Training Program (CNA) Campano $83,000 07/07–06/08 US Dept of Health and Human Services Nursing Scholarships Kennedy $233,674 07/07–06/08 for Disadvantaged Students PA Dept of Education Perkins Downey $1,097,237 07/07–06/08 Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse PLSG—Biotechnology Hannon $1,006,958 05/05–04/08 (US Dept of Labor) MAGLEV (US Dept of Labor) Precision Manufacturing Technology Cunningham $240,370 11/05–10/07 US Dept of Education/ FIPSE Research in the Health Careers Colville $99,200 09/05–02/08 Landmark College (US Dept of Education) Students With Disabilities Year 2 Mason $19,141 10/06–09/07 Landmark College (US Dept of Education) Students With Disabilities Year 3 Mason $19,141 10/07–09/08 PA Dept of Education Tech Prep DeJulio $211,225 07/07–06/08 US Dept of Education/FIPSE Technical Education Gillespie $496,000 07/05–10/07 PA Dept of Education Ultrasound/OTA Higher Education Assistance McKenna $607,397 07/07–06/08 Allegheny County Veterans Symposium Blocksidge $15,000 04/06–12/08 Alleg County Dept of Human Services WIA User Hester $24,000 07/07–06/08 TOTAL $6,425,714 CONTRACTS & GRANTS We’re More than You Know