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Grant to help with student certificate cost, facilities

03 February 2015

Seeing an opportunity to help make improvements to the college, agriculture instructor, Lori Montgomery applied for a grant that would help students with the cost of student learning and rodeo facilities.

Montgomery received word in early January that they received $12,000 from the Lola Lee Jackson Animal Welfare Foundation.

The grant will be used for two purposes: to help defray the cost of the online student certifications and rodeo course and to bring the college’s livestock handling facilities to an industry acceptable level.

PCC agriculture and rodeo students are required to get online certifications for many of the animal science based courses to teach them proper animal care and handling. They use the online program Animal Care Training which has over 200 modules in many fields. Each certification ranges between $25 and $325.

“It is important for students to achieve these certifications in animal handling, food safety and quality assurance. The agriculture industry and consumer is starting to demand it of its producers,” Montgomery said. “It allows our students to leave here with a certification even if they don’t leave with their degree for some reason.”

The other part of the grant will go to updating the holding and handling areas at the rodeo arena. The arena is more than 65 years old and is needing many repairs.

Montgomery has worked at the college for 17 years and this was the first grant she wrote.

“I know the budget is tight,” she said. “Instead of passing the cost of what we needed to on the students with more fees, I thought it was worth giving this a try.”

Montgomery said she will continue to apply for this grant in the future to help with different department cost.