Foundation Funding Priorities
Foundation Funding Priorities (FFPs) are annual areas of focus for fundraising that align with College Priorities. Support of these important initiatives help further our mission of supporting access and innovative learning opportunities at Heartland Community College.
Scholarships to Support Working Adult Students
Heartland has a goal of increasing by 10% the enrollment of adults ages 25 and over by 2025. To meet this goal, we are designing a flexible, accelerated associate degree program scheduled to meet the needs of working adults who may also have childcare, eldercare, and other life obligations. Students in this program will have access to supports designed to meet their individual needs.
Funds for this program will make the following supports possible: assistance navigating a start or return to higher education, tutoring, and childcare, as well as financial assistance including scholarships designed to make working while in school possible.
CDL Family Meal Program
The Heartland Community College Child Development Lab (CDL) serves children from six weeks to six years. It is also the home to our Night Hawks program serving children from six weeks to 12 years during evening hours. The CDL has created a family take home meal program that allows a limited number of families to sign up in advance for a home-cooked meal. HCC students who have children registered in either program receive this meal free of charge.
Funds for this program will cover additional equipment and supplies needed to increase the capacity for free CDL family meals.
Scholarships for Youth STEM Experiences
The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) at Heartland Community College is one of the fewer than fifty such centers in the world and provides unique opportunities for youth to strengthen their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to explore STEM careers. Last year Heartland’s CLC supported teachers and schools in meeting Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards by providing more than 4,800 local youth with hands-on, immersive STEM experiences. Additionally, through Kids@Heartland, the College offers local youth more than twenty STEM-focused enrichment and exploration opportunities each summer.
These funds will provide access to the unique CLC STEM experiences for youth from low income backgrounds, and classrooms from schools with free and reduced lunch rates greater than 30%.