Cleveland Foundation Grant Provides Opportune Funding for Kent State Geauga
Kent State University at Geauga is pleased to announce a $20,000 award from the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation toward a student emergency fund and technology advances.
The $20,000 grant will be split evenly between the two initiatives. Half of the award is earmarked for the installation of a Zoom Room at the Geauga Campus in Burton. This will include state-of-the-art technology that allows the institution to deliver synchronous and asynchronous courses to students. The remaining $10,000 will assist Kent State students residing in Lake and Geauga counties facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This award is a godsend for our students,” said Lance Williams, director of special projects and operations at Kent State Geauga. “We will continue to seek out opportunities to help students in need within our communities and scale our capacity to deliver distance learning within the region.”
Prior to the pandemic, the overwhelming majority of coursework was delivered face to face, with the remainder being offered in either an exclusively online format or synchronously through the use of the Zoom Rooms. As the university continues with both remote and synchronous instruction, its faculty will continue to use these Zoom Rooms to teach coursework that students need to stay on track as they pursue their degrees.
The $10,000 award for the implementation of the Zoom Room at the Geauga Campus will go toward purchasing and installing hardware, software, labor for network and power access, and signage. “Adding another Zoom Room on campus will provide greater availability of course offerings to Geauga Campus students,” Williams said.
Students living in Geauga and Lake counties who applied for CARES Act relief and were not funded will have their prior applications considered for possible student aid. Funding will be awarded based on several factors, including individual needs and the circumstances surrounding their need for funding.
“Kent State Geauga sends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation for this significant and timely award,” said Kent State Geauga Dean Angela Spalsbury, Ph.D.
The Lake-Geauga Fund aims to fund initiatives solely in Lake and Geauga counties.
“The fund has been a critical resource to the Lake and Geauga county communities as it has provided funding to jumpstart new ideas, guide organizational strategy, leverage additional dollars and address high priority program needs,” Spalsbury said.
Kent State Geauga is continuing to look for other grant opportunities to expand Zoom Room implementations and financial relief for all Kent State Geauga and Twinsburg Academic Center students.
The wave of the future is now. In response to the forces of inflation and technology, educators from Kent State University’s Geauga Campus are helping their students ride this wave by removing financial barriers to learning and broadening student success through increased access to free, online educational resources.
NOTE: Kent State Geauga’s workplace safety training program, at the time of initial publication of this document (10/2023), is funded by a grant of $75,000 in federal funds, which constitutes 100 percent of the program budget. Zero percent, or $0 of the program budget, is financed through nongovernmental sources.
Workforce training—in both English and Spanish—is coming soon to small businesses in Geauga County, focusing on safety and health hazards that disproportionately affect women workers.
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