CANTON – SUNY Canton students will benefit from a $245,000 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant for the textbook loan program and other initiatives.
“Perkins Grant funding allows students who cannot pay for high-cost books to borrow them instead,” said Jennifer Whittaker, SUNY Canton assistant librarian.
The textbook loan program is almost a decade old.
The money is also being used to purchase equipment for many SUNY Canton laboratories and classrooms, including equipment and models for the veterinary science program, additional manikins for the nursing program, tools for the automotive technology diagnostic center, refrigerant equipment for the air conditioning program, database and web applications for the computer information systems program; equipment for the electronics and communications lab, and early childhood student teaching center resources, among others.
Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger helped apply for the Perkins grant. Fassinger won the 2012 Excellence in College Service Award for helping her peers file for competitive funding.
The funding is from the U.S. Government to states, which then allocate the money to schools and colleges.