Coahoma College lands $50,000 ReTool School GrantBy SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,
For the second consecutive year, Coahoma Community College has won The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. The college has beaten out 60 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to win a competitive $50,000 grant.
In its eleventh year, the aim of the program is for The Home Depot to give back to the nation’s HBCUs what they have so generously given to their respective communities.
According to the company’s website, the Retool Your School Program has provided more than 2.1 million dollars in campus improvement grants to allow HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses since 2009.
Popular voting through social media posts containing the “Coahoma_RYS20” hashtag and online votes cast on Coahoma’s behalf from late February through mid-April narrowed down finalists in Cluster Two of the grant program to Coahoma Community College, Tuskegee University and Claflin University. In an interesting twist, Jackson State University also received a grant award in Cluster One, which means a total of three Mississippi HBCUs have been awarded grants. CCC received well over 185,000 votes during the competition, securing the win.
Dr. Valmadge T. Towner, president of Coahoma Community College, is elated about the recent victory and appreciates the support that made this initiative a success for the institution.
“We are appreciative to our supporters for taking advantage of this funding opportunity,” said Towner. “With support from our friends, we are positioned to provide additional support for our students, faculty, and staff.”
Each of the finalists will be invited to submit campus improvement proposals for consideration by a panel of judges. Last year, Coahoma upgraded an outdoor space, creating a student congregation space and refreshed and repurposed spaces within its student union.
Marriel C. Hardy, chief communications officer, is proud of the success of the initiative and credits a responsive “Tiger Nation” for keeping Coahoma in the fight until the very end.
“This was a goal the college was adamant about repeating this year,” said Hardy. “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends again rose to the occasion, staying engaged and aware of our position in the competition every step of the way. It is a true testament to the Tiger spirit that exists for Coahoma Community College.”
The College is actively engaged in determining the best projects to complete utilizing the funds.
Construction is expected to begin this summer under the leadership of the college’s Facilities and Maintenance department with the support of the campus community and beyond.
To make a charitable donation that will immediately benefit the construction of the Retool Your School grant project, as well as the renovation and upkeep of Coahoma’s other campus facilities, visit www.coahomacc.edu/giving.