Supporting Faculty, Staff & Students
An important part of the Gateway Community College Foundation’s mission is providing key resources to help the College offer high quality instruction in an environment conducive to learning.
Providing a good education means more than having enough classrooms, desks, and chairs to go around, however.
At Gateway, it also means:
Offering faculty & staff professional development opportunities to hone their skills and broaden their experience and knowledge base.
Supplying additional resources to help students get the most from their education.
Providing financial support to help students overcome potential roadblocks to their education.
The Foundation funds several key initiatives to support these efforts, including Professional Development Grants to Faculty and Staff, the Student Group Assistance Program, and the Helping Hands Fund.
Each year, the Foundation sets aside funds to support professional development activities and technology acquisitions that enhance student learning or improves the college’s ability to serve the community. Awards are made for projects, events, programs, and equipment that directly benefit a large number of people. Need, measurable outcomes, and success potential are important selection criteria.
Any faculty or staff member can submit a Professional Development Grant proposal, which must be reviewed and approved by a dean. The Professional Development Grants Committee reviews all applications and makes selection recommendations to the Foundation’s Executive Committee. Grants can range from $500 to $2,000.
Examples of previously approved grant applications include:
Attendance at professional development conferences, symposia, and institutes;
Acquisition of Library-housed anatomical models and a wheel alignment machine;
Battery maintainers for the Automotive Technology program; and
A Veteran’s Week Program.
Helping Hands Fund
The Helping Hands Fund offers help to students experiencing a short-term financial hardship for which they couldn’t have been prepared, and for which they don’t have resources available to resolve the crisis.
Assistance, up to $250, is typically provided to cover the family’s basic needs when there has been a loss of wages through no fault of the student.
Funds can be used to help pay for housing, utilities, transportation, food, childcare, medical expenses, or costly repairs (automobile, heating system, water heater, etc.).
While the Helping Hands Fund is financed by the Foundation, students who benefit from it are encouraged to “pay it forward” by making a donation
to the fund if and when they are able
to do so.
Via this fund, the Gateway Community College Foundation financially underwrites student support needs across the College.
Examples of how this fund has been used include:
Sending a team to compete in the Federal Challenge, a micro-economic policy decision-making competition at the Federal Reserve Board Bank in Boston;
Helping Gateway’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group undertake community outreach activities, attend campus-wide seminars and compete in regional and national events;
Supporting the activities of Gateway’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges;
Offering cultural diversity awareness programs that help the college community explore, embrace, and promote racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity.