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Past Innovation Grants

2021 Innovation Grants

The TMCC Foundation received five applications, totaling over $23,500 in requests for the 2021 Faculty and Staff Innovation Grants.

Each of the applications submitted had the potential to tremendously impact students and programs College-wide, however the Foundation had a budget of only $14,600 to award. The committee of faculty, staff and community members decided to partially-fund four of the grant requests.

We are extremely grateful to our faculty and staff who make donations to the faculty and staff grant fund. These funds, along with revenue collected from parking meters on the Dandini Campus, support these important grant projects.

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A total of four grant requests were partially funded in 2021, totaling $14,600:

  1. Improving Discussion Boards with Packback | Amount Funded: $4,000
    Requested By: Laura Briggs
    Discussion boards allow students to engage, but participation is low and demand on faculty is high. The project seeks to improve discussion boards by piloting Packback, an inquiry-based, student-led discussion platform that uses AI to provide live feedback to students.
  2. Reorganizing Supplemental Instruction | Amount Funded: $4,4466.67
    Requested By: Jon Reddick-Lau
    This project aims to reorganize supplemental instruction (SI) at TMCC into a program which best serves our students and faculty. This project is a collaboration between instructors in the biology department and staff in the learning commons and seeks to improve student success while lowering the achievement gaps between various student groups.
  3. Upgrading Classrooms for Automotive Programs | Amount Funded: $4,420
    Requested By: Kyle Smith
    There has historically been a disconnect for many automotive students between written theory/procedure and the hands-on component. This project will purchase and install a SMART board for the automotive classroom that will help students to better interact with subject material essential to their education and future Auto and Diesel occupations.
  4. Using Drones for Biology Research Projects | Amount Funded: $1,733.33
    Requested By: Cecilia Vigil
    This project will purchase 2 DJI Mavic Drones for Biology students to use in novel research questions for several classes, including Animal Behavior, Botany, and Organismal Biology. Engaging in research projects better prepares students for their respective fields; use of drones expands the possibilities for undergraduate research opportunities for many students.

A total of five grant requests were fully or partially funded in 2020, totaling $15,999.72:

  1. Bee Campus USA | Amount Funded: $3,000
    Requested By: Yevonne Allen
    TMCC has a sustainability initiative to become a Bee Campus and we will be the first campus in the state of Nevada. Benefits of joining the efforts of Bee Campus USA include protection of vital animal species, improving local food production, engaging the community, and raising awareness.
  2. 21st Century Classroom | Amount Funded: $3,905
    Requested By: Fred Lokken, John Reid
    Technology updates in Sierra 204 will help TMCC faculty bring instruction into the post-internet and smart phone world with an up-to-date collaboration-focused instruction space. Results will include increased student interaction using their personal devices and increased student preparation for a rapidly-changing digital workforce.
  3. Digital FLAME$ Workshops | Amount Funded: $3,699
    Requested By: Shari Mathiesen
    Two FLAME$ workshops will be converted to a digital platform in order to increase student access and student participation in financial literacy seminars across the college.
  4. FREE Event 2020 | Amount Funded: $1,845.72
    Requested By: Paula Reynolds (in collaboration with many others from a variety of departments)
    The FREE (Faculty for Radical Education and Empowerment) event for Spring 2020 will focus on the theme of “Magic & Logic”. Faculty from several departments have teamed up to focus on collaborative problem solving around the theme of Magic & Logic. The event is scheduled for April 9, 2020, and will include curriculum-based projects, conference roundtable discussions, educational booths, art exhibitions & a student-led t-shirt screen-printing workshop.
  5. Summer Synergy Summit 2020 | Amount Funded: $3,550
    Requested By: Diane Nicolet, Lauren Gatto, Heather Maye, Marcie Iannacchione, Cathy Brewster, Brandy Scarnati, & Micaela Rubalcava
    In July 2020, the second annual Summer Synergy Summit (SSS) will be hosted by the Administrative Faculty Committee. SSS is focused on Professional Development specifically for Administrative Faculty at TMCC. The first SSS was a big success in 2019, with 187 (duplicated) attendees covering six sessions.