In September 2014, Tracy L. Holbrook, Chemical Technology Lead Instructor, was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. This grant will support a three year project titled CT-RISE: Chem-Techathon: Renewing Interest in Science Education. The "Chem-Techathon", a team-based competition event, will engage all high schools in New Hanover and Pender County to participate in a series of laboratory based hands-on activities, instrumentation training, and a small-scale, semester-long, research project. At the conclusion of the competition, winning high school teams (those who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd) will receive a prize package ($2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively) consisting of common glassware, chemicals, consumables, and supplies needed for their own laboratories.
This year, close to 90 grants were submitted by non-profit agencies, community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities across the state. Only 14 proposals were awarded. This makes the first time that a community college has received the award since 2009.
More information about the Chem-Techathon competition and the CT-RISE Project can be found here: