Imperial Valley College has received a $3 million federal grant that over the next five years will revamp access to cutting edge technology for students and staff on the Aten Road main campus as well as the Calexico Extended Campus.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, has been named ATLAS for “Access to Technology Leads to Advancement and Success.”
It will expand IVC’s technology infrastructure for students by allowing a wide degree of online services including improved interaction between faculty and students, improved efficiency in registration processes and improved access to online faculty lectures.
“The goal of a Title V grant is to transform our campus and a community by providing the resources needed for innovation,” said IVC President Ed Gould. “This will greatly enhance our faculty’s technology teaching abilities as well as allow our students’ to make maximum use of new technologies in their educational career at IVC,” he said.
The grant has three main goals:
* Increasing student success by developing a comprehensive and college-wide effort to provide appropriate training and technical skills, providing more access to computers in labs, adding server storage space and email accounts for students, and extending the wireless network to all areas of the college
* Providing excellence in education by helping faculty develop new and richer courses by pairing basic skills with career and technical courses, by training faculty in the use of social learning and collaborative learning, by providing training in culturally-relevant instruction, and offering training on the use of technology in the classroom and encouraging students to develop and use their technological skills.
* Develop resources to increase the college’s effectiveness by improving the technology infrastructure and training faculty, administrators, counselors, and staff to make the most effective use of this infrastructure.
In addition to the training aspects of this grant, students will benefit from installation of a campus wide wireless system as well as installation of wireless capabilities at the Calexico Extended Campus.
All 9,000 students will be receiving IVC email accounts as well as expanded access to software used in the classroom. The grant will also provide for a student debit card system as well as computer charging stations and student printing stations.
On the instructional side, smart podiums will be installed in high-use classrooms and the grant will fund faculty training regarding use of technology in the classroom. There also will be campus-wide “Futures forums” held to increase awareness of cutting edge technology.
A team of faculty and staff put the grant application together last May. The team included Valerie Rodgers, Business Department Chair and Professor; Taylor Ruhl, Dean of Learning Services and Instructional Technology; Wayne Wright, Microcomputer technician; Ralph Marquez, Counselor; Dawn Chun, Director of Research, Planning and Grant Administration; Jeff Cantwell, Director of Application Services; Gordon Bailey, Director of Technical Services; Michael Heumann, English Department Chair/Assistant Professor; Omar Ramos, Webmaster and Andres Martinez, Instructional Media Designer.
Additional information is available on the program’s website at www.imperial.edu\atlas.