Johnson County Community College is receiving $ 21.1 million in emergency funding as part of the US Federal Rescue Plan.
Rep. Sharice Davids, a former JCCC student who represents Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, announced emergency funding last week.
“As a first generation student who worked my way from Johnson County Community College to Cornell Law School, I know the value of a good education, and I’m happy to report that help is there for them. colleges, third-district universities, and students, ”Davids, a second-term Democrat, said in a statement.
“This emergency funding through the American Rescue Plan will help stabilize current students and secure opportunities for the future, uplifting our entire community for years to come,” she added.
JCCC’s amount is part of more than $ 100 million in funds going to 3rd District colleges including Kansas City, Kan., Community College and Donnelly College in Wyandotte Count.
The largest amounts of funding go to local campuses at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, which are expected to receive $ 41 million and $ 34.8 million, respectively.
What is the money for
The funding is designed to help educational institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to serve students safely.
At least half of each institution’s funding will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students facing hunger, homelessness and other hardships.
Andy Bowne, president of the JCCC, said the college was grateful for federal support.
“Thousands of JCCC students and families in District 3 who have been affected by the pandemic will benefit from direct help and support as a result,” Bowne said. “We thank elected officials like Congresswoman Davids for supporting this crucial funding to strengthen our workforce and get our community back on its feet.”
Students should contact their institutions for more information on how they can apply for an emergency grant.
In the meantime, JCCC students can also contact the Student Basic Needs Center at [email protected] or stop at COM 319 in the Commons building to access assistance with housing, transportation or other needs. .
The center has a pantry, school supplies and connections to campus and other community services, according to the college website.
Meanwhile, the JCCC plans to resume normal operations on June 1 and all employees will return to their working conditions before the pandemic on June 7.
College says it plans to officially adopt revised CDC advice on masks June 1. This includes the recommendation that unvaccinated people still wear masks in public and socially from a distance.