$300,000 grant due at college Health program at Dundalk aided

October 07, 1993|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

Dundalk Community College will be receiving more than $300,000 over the next three years to increase services such as tutoring and financial aid to students in its pre-allied health program.

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation's donation of $331,000 is the largest private foundation grant the college has received. It took two years to develop.

"We're very excited about it," said Bob Folkart, who managed the grant project and is chairman of the college's math, science and technology division.

"It's unusual for the Kellogg Foundation to award a grant like this to a community college."

The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the huge cereal company, which gave away more than $237 million in fiscal year 1991-1992.

Dundalk will use its share for:

* Tutoring -- Students having academic problems will be able to get help through group "coach classes" or individual sessions.

* Counseling -- The college will employ a counselor who will work exclusively with the health care students. It also will establish a peer counseling program so that students with personal problems affecting their academic success can get help.

* Financial aid -- The college is awarding full scholarships to 16 students who started their programs in September and who intend to continue studying for bachelor's degrees at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Each scholarship is worth about $1,000 a semester and covers tuition, books and fees. The college hopes to award another group of scholarships in the 1995-1996 school year.

* Career exploration -- To help pre-allied health students make informed choices, the college intends to start a course to help students look into health care professions early. It also sponsors a program that allows students to get firsthand knowledge about specific occupations by visiting clinics and hospitals.

"We're providing all of these support services" to help students be successful, Mr. Folkart said.

"The focus of the grant is to raise the economic and education levels of people in southeast Baltimore County."

Pre-allied health is the largest of Dundalk's career fields, with about 380 students this year. Mr. Folkart said he thought Dundalk received the Kellogg grant because of its distinctive approach to health care education, which doesn't prepare students for a specific occupation or profession.

Rather, it offers courses that are prerequisites for all health care specialties.

"The most popular program is nursing," said Mr. Folkart.

But students also are preparing for careers in dental hygiene, physical therapy, pharmacy, medical technology and veterinary technology.

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