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Higgins: Nearly $1.5 million for D'Youville College

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Tue, Oct 1st 2019 01:25 pm

Federal funding will help train educators in subjects of civics & geography

Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant has been awarded to D’Youville College from the Department of Education’s Academies for American History and Civics Program in the amount of $1,492,475. The funding will be implemented over a period of three years, starting with $499,022 for the upcoming fiscal year.

Higgins said, “Training our teachers and students in modern technologies like GIS is critical for a thorough, 21st-century understanding of a number of academic subject areas. This grant from the Department of Education helps hundreds of teachers and students for years to come develop skills and use these valuable resources.”

D’Youville President Dr. Lorrie Clemo said, “D’Youville is excited to serve as a leader in the community in training teachers and students in new technologies. We are well equipped with our new Institute for Teaching Innovation and a recently renovated Steelcase Active Classroom that will offer state-of-the-art facilities to deliver the instruction and training. We are grateful to Congressman Higgins for his tireless efforts in bringing federal resources to Western New York, where such an investment in innovation and upskilling will have generational returns.”

The purpose of the grant is to design and implement training and support programming for educators in the subject areas of civics and geography. The program will be delivered in three phases in which students and teachers will be trained in geographic information system (GIS) methods and modeling, classroom implementation and projects, and professional development seminars for educators. One of the goals is to help teachers and students use open source data and GIS technology to research and model history, global and civics inquiries. GIS systems combine data inputs, often several layers of them, and mapping software to allow users to analyze spatial information.

The project will seek to train 45 teachers and 360 students over the three-year project period. Partners in the project include the Buffalo Public School District, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, and the Elmwood Village Association.

Last week, D’Youville kicked off construction on a new health professions HUB. The college also received several other federal grants this year, including $401,442 from the Department of Health and Human Services for the Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing, and a Health Resources and Services Administration grant for $680,000 over three years to develop a substance use disorder support specialist certificate program for new and existing behavioral health paraprofessionals.

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