NPC Friends and Family has just learned they would be receiving a $44,000 grant award from the Del E. Webb Foundation. The funds will be used to assist students in the college’s Integrated Education Technology (IET) program.
Northland Pioneer College operates a two-semester IET program for students with low academic skills and/or no high school diploma, and the need for work readiness skills in the area of Construction Technology. Students have the opportunity to obtain National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and OSHA-10 certifications, Arizona Career Readiness Credentials, and their GED®. The program is currently offered at NPC’s Whiteriver Center on the Fort Apache Reservation.
“This is an innovative and proven model for teaching and learning,” explains NPC Friends and Family executive director Betsyann Wilson. “The contextualized curriculum provides at-risk students with academic preparation and trade-specific skills, fast-tracking them to potential employment.” Wilson notes that the grant from the Del E. Webb Foundation will help instructors fill a critical unmet need in assuring IET program completers are career-ready.
“NPC supports enrollees through tuition waivers, classroom materials and textbooks,” Wilson explains. “Still, the college is unable to close the loop in making completers fully-equipped to transition into the workplace. Low-income students are struggling just to make ends meet, so they lack the appropriate apparel, tools and safety equipment for entry-level job seekers in the construction field. Students currently come to class dressed in whatever clothing and footwear is available to them, and few own a single tool.”
The grant project incentivizes students to attend class regularly and perform at a high level of aptitude by providing them with the items they lack as they complete required competencies and certifications. Enrollees will receive basic clothing, steel-toed work boots, gloves, safety glasses and hardhats.
At mid-term, those who are on-track with class assignments and expectations will receive their own set of carpenter’s hand tools. Near the end of the program, students will take part in a field trip to the Phoenix area, where they will visit working constructions sites and the Arizona Builders Alliance. At the Arizona Builder’s Alliance, each student will complete and submit an application for apprenticeship.
Those who graduate from the program will receive a set of cordless power tools, making them fully equipped to pursue entry-level employment in the construction field. “We are so excited, not only to receive this generous grant, but also to welcome members of the Del E. Webb Foundation Board to our learning lab in Whiteriver to see these amazing students at work,” enthuses Wilson.
Del Webb was a longtime resident of the Phoenix area, where he built the Del E. Webb Construction Company. One of his company’s greatest achievements was the development of Sun City, the first “active living” major retirement community in the country. Sun City not only transformed the Phoenix area, but had a major effect on the sociology of the vast numbers of Americans who had or would eventually approach "retirement" age. A lifelong baseball fan, Mr. Webb was co-owner of the New York Yankees from 1945-1964. The Del E. Webb Foundation was founded to advance the legacy of Mr. Webb, investing in results-based programs that impact the future of our societies.
All donations to NPC Friends and Family, a 501 (c) (3) organization, are tax deductible. NPC Friends & Family is organized exclusively to support the mission and goals of Northland Pioneer College through advancement of college programs and services, establishment and growth of student scholarships and positive promotion of NPC. For more information about fundraising events or creating or donating to a scholarship, please contact Betsyann Wilson at (928) 536-6245, email, or consider making a gift today by visiting www.npcfriendsfamily.org.