Grant expands STEM, Career, and Technical Education

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

Navarro College was awarded a Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant from the United States Department of Agriculture during a reception at the Cook Center Thursday evening.

The grant provided Navarro College $132,800 to support educational programs in educational communities, and was one of 116 award recipients across the United States to receive the funding.

The grant further supports the educational programs on the Mexia campus and the following partners: Mexia State Supported Living Center, Avalon High School, Blooming Grove High School, Buffalo High School, Frost High School, Italy High School, Leon High School, Milford High School, Oakwood High School, and Wortham High School.

Dr. Kevin Fegan addresses the event’s attendees. – Photo by Guy Chapman

Dr. Kevin Fegan, District President of Navarro College, welcomed attendees to the presentation.

“Today’s award from the USDA allows ten of Navarro College’s educational partners, nine ISDs, as well as the Mexia State Supported Living Center to enhance and more effectively deliver distance learning training and education to our students and to our communities,” Fegan said. “And ultimately allows Navarro College to achieve that purpose of meeting socio-economic and workforce needs of the students and communities we serve.”

After his opening speech, Fegan introduced the following speakers:

  • Phil Judson, Navarro College Board of Trustees Chairman
  • Heather Fritz, Community Outreach Representative for United States Congressman Ron Wright’s Office
  • Edd Hargett, Texas State Director of the United States Department of Agriculture

Hargett presented the award to Navarro College.

Presenting to MSSLC and the school districts were Tammy Galloway (Executive Dean of Workforce, Career and Technical Education), and Robin Donovan (Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Navarro College).

After the presentation, attendees took a shuttled bus tour around the Navarro College Campus where they visited the programs for John Deere Tech, Petroleum Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, and the eSports facility before returning to the Cook Center for a reception.

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