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Grants & Gifts.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed $200,000 to help build Edmonds Community College's Center for Families in Lynnwood, Wash., which expands childcare, provides parent education and serves as a training center for early-childhood educators.

Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., has received several grants for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The educational opportunity program has received a $141,500 state grant for operating expenses. The college's skills, training, academic growth and employment program has received $188,833 from the Workforce Investment Board to fund its Year Round Youth initiative, which prepares high school dropouts for the GED exam, college or the workforce.

The college's Upward Bound program has received a $230,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its operations. The program is designed to support high school students from the Rochester City School District who want to attend a four-year college.

The National Science Foundation has given $600,000 to the Eastern Iowa Community College District in Davenport, Iowa, to help catalog, new research and technology at the colleges and hire a director.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey stunned audience members during a speech at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland recently with a surprise donation of $600,000 for student scholarships. She said her donation was a tribute to the educational and spiritual forces that have shaped her life.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million, three-year grant to the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology at the College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. Funds will support a national center for process technology education serving the chemical, refining, exploration and production, and pharmaceutical industries.

Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, Mont., and Stone Child College in Box Elder, Mont., will each receive $400,000 from the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of University Partnerships. The money will help build and expand projects that benefit the tribal community.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D., will receive $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to upgrade its electrical system and air conditioning and to build new classrooms. Another $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to expand parking space.

An American-Indian war bonnet and a pair of moccasins seized during a theft investigation will be returned to Oglala Lakota College in Sioux Falls, S.D., at a ceremony, according to U.S. Attorney James McMahon.

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