SANTA BARBARA, May 26, 2013—Governet, innovators of technology solutions for higher education institutions, announced today that Feather River College has become the first to participate in a pilot Grant Writing Assistance Program designed to provide opportunity for underfunded colleges and universities to modernize and automate their curriculum processing. Created in partnership with Blue Mountain Energy (BME), the Grant Writing Assistance Program provides access to education grants and facilitates grant application processes that would otherwise be unaffordable for these institutions.
“We discovered that, due to tight budget constraints, some smaller institutions were unable to even consider purchasing advanced curriculum processing software that would ultimately save time and drastically reduce costs,” said Star Simmons, Vice President of Sales at Governet. “At the same time, we became aware of a number of grant programs that would provide funding to qualified institutions for this purpose.”
Simmons explained that, despite the variety of grant programs available to fund such systems for higher education institutions, the grant application process is time-consuming and requires additional human resources. Furthermore, outsourcing grantwriting services is often too cost prohibitive for the institutions that could benefit most from a grantwriting program.
Located in Quincy, California and attended by students from all over the United States, Feather River College offers a variety of unique degree programs including Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Equestrian Science, Agriculture, Environmental Studies and Natural Resources. It also offers academic programs aligned with freshman and sophomore programs at four-year universities that have produced an exceptional rate of student transfers.
“Improving technology systems will help Feather River to reduce costs, save resources and more efficiently comply with California’s rigorous new reporting requirements,” said Derek Lerch, the Dean of Instruction at Feather River College. Lerch and administrators at Feather River College believe that this grant opportunity will enable the institution to pursue the technology, such as CurricUNET Meta, that it needs to streamline curricular activity, improve accuracy and reduce personnel-hours required to manage the development and approval processes. Additionally, Feather River College faculty look forward to having access to program descriptions from colleges around the world, which will provide a wealth of information that will allow them to make more informed curricular decisions. Lerch added, “The Grant Writing Assistance Program will help us to afford these improvements.”
“Our goal is to tap into available grants that would enable small institutions like Feather River College to streamline and automate curriculum processing and gain access to the Worldwide Curriculum Network,” said Simmons. “We recognize that access to alternative funding will help these smaller institutions improve their offerings and become more competitive globally.”
About Governet and CurricUNET:
Governet is a leading provider of innovative Web-based solutions for higher education institutions. These solutions address local campus, statewide system, and international collaborative network issues in curriculum development, management and accreditation. Governet’s core application is CurricUNET, the award-winning curriculum management system designed to streamline curriculum processes from planning to articulation by improving workflow efficiency, reporting and approval processes and institutional connectivity. Currently serving more than 550 colleges and universities, including several state-wide systems throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates, CurricUNET was adopted by California’s ground-breaking ASSIST, which connects and facilitates articulation between all of the state’s higher education systems. CurricUNET provides its users access to more than 600,000 course outlines and 47,000 program and degree programs. Via this transformational database, Governet is guiding the development of best practices standards for curriculum and creating what is rapidly becoming the Worldwide Curriculum Network. For more information about Governet and CurricUNET, please visit www.governet.net.
About Feather River College:
Feather River College (FRC) is a public, two-year community college located in Quincy, California. Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, FRC offers small classes in which students receive individual attention and academic rigor maintained in a friendly, informal atmosphere by a faculty and staff dedicated to student growth and success. Often referred to as “the million-acre classroom,” FRC is especially proud of the unique academic opportunities offered to students due to its location. The campus is surrounded by some of the most beautiful forestland in California, with 350 miles of marked hiking and biking trails, more than 1,000 miles of rivers and 100 lakes where students can enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The campus features unique facilities that include a trout hatchery and an equestrian center with horse boarding facilities. In addition to its academic offerings, FRC offers students an array of intercollegiate athletics with a tradition of excellence, competing in Bowl games, regional and state playoffs and winning division titles on a regular basis. FRC offers transfer program courses that parallel the freshman and sophomore year courses offered at four-year colleges. Many FRC students transfer to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. In fact, FRC has one of the best transfer rates among all community colleges in the state. For more information, please visit www.frc.edu.
Blue Mountain Energy (BME) is a woman-owned management and consulting firm certified by the Women’s Enterprise Business National Council and the California Suppliers Clearinghouse. BME works directly with colleges and universities, federal and state agencies, energy industry utilities and engineering firms to provide industry-specific services. Through in-house resources and a professional partner resource network, BME develops innovative solutions to its client companies’ needs. BME also offers specialized services including business and contract management as well as grant writing and grant management. In partnership with Governet, a provider of cutting edge technology solutions for higher education, BME is currently offering underfunded higher education institutions seeking to update and automate curriculum management systems an opportunity to participate in its unique Grant Writing Assistance Program. For more information, please visit www.bluemountainenergy.com.
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