Trustees Approve New Career Certificate, NSF Grant
Board of Trustees General Meeting, March 10
Parkland College plans to launch a new Mental Health Certificate career program and use a new National Science Foundation grant to boost its nationally ranked Precision Agriculture program.
At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Board of Trustees received President Tom Ramage's report that the College has received its fifth NSF grant for the "Expanding Precision Agriculture Education and Certification to Secondary Students" project.
EPASS will build on the success of two prior NSF projects in Precision Agriculture and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in developing pathways for secondary students to earn college credentials while gaining hands-on industry experience. The $581,377 grant project will start July 1, 2021 and continue through June 30, 2024.
After voting to approve application of funds, the board approved the new Mental Health Certificate program, a two-course, industry-recognized certificate that will train entry-level mental health and social service workers.
Upon completing the five-credit-hour certificate, students will acquire the skills necessary to enter full- or part-time mental health support professional roles. These skills include therapeutic communication and de-escalation techniques; identification of signs and symptoms of mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities; and certification in mental health first aid, among others. Parkland's Social Science and Human Services department will offer the program.
In other business, trustees approved: