AUSTIN, Texas — Students at Southern Careers Institute can begin to apply for federal grant money, which was received by the school from the CARES Act, according to SCI.
The school received $6,305,240 from the federal relief program to help students who face economic hardship and improve online and distance learning functionality. SCI has more than $3 million available for need-based grants that can be used for education essentials, food, and housing.
Any money not used will be returned to the government so it can be reassigned to help other schools and students who are impacted, according to SCI.
"While there is so much going on in the outside world, we want our students to have the freedom to focus on their education,” CEO of SCI Jacob Mayhew said. “This grant money will help alleviate some of the financial pressures our students are facing and enable SCI to invest further in state-of-the-art classrooms and programs that will be accessible both in-person and online.”
Many of SCI’s programs have been deemed essential and the money from the CARES Act will be used to improve the school’s online capabilities to better facilitate distance learning and a “no-touch” environment to keep campus communities safe.
Classrooms will be upgraded with technology that will allow instructors to teach virtually, more easily.
SCI will purchase laptops and invest in virtual simulations so the school can limit the number of people in the practice labs, without eliminating hands-on training.
“We are grateful to the federal government and the CARES ACT for granting SCI these funds to help improve our students’ educational experience and keep them motivated to advance their education during these unprecedented times,” President of SCI Nikki England said. “We intend to use it wisely, and conservatively in ways that will benefit as many of our students as possible.”
SCI students can apply for the CARES grant money by filling out an application by May 15.
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