Sharar Foundation Accomplishments
Scholarships –Scholarships totaling more than $140,000 were awarded to Clinton Community College students. These awards range from $100 to Full-Tuition amounts.
High Definition Lecture Hall 154 – A generous gift to the Paul B. Sharar Foundation from the James & Pauline Durgin Foundation funded the renovation of an out-of-date lecture hall into a high-definition classroom with state-of-the-art technology including a high definition blu ray player, digital document camera, computer, laptop, and even an IPOD music player. A “Crestron” color touchscreen controls all aspects of the classroom including individual lighting control and sound system. Improved and flexible seating is designed for collaborative work and an improved teaching and learning environment.
High Definition Lecture Hall 116 – With funding from the Clinton County Community Development Association and the Clinton
Community College B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run, the renovation of an out-of-date lecture
hall into a high-definition classroom with state-of-the-art technology was completed
in Fall 2014. Improved and flexible seating is designed for collaborative work and
an improved teaching and learning environment.
Opportunity Grants - In 2008, the Paul B. Sharar Foundation and the Eastern Iowa Community College Board of Directors approved the new Opportunity Grants which assist students with up to $500 of tuition, fees and books to continue their education working toward an Associate’s Degree.
Room 139 – The Sharar Foundation assisted with funding to renovate Room 139 which is used for classes, workshops, events and programs. Additional funding was provided by the Clinton County Community Development Association, the B-rrry Scurry Race and CCC.
CCC Learning Center – With funding from the Clinton County Community Development Association in 2007, Clinton Community College purchased and remodeled a building located at 944 Lincoln Boulevard which now houses the Adult Basic Education and Continuing Education departments.
CCC Technology Center Conference Center – In 2005, Funding from private donors, Alliant Energy Foundation, the Clinton County Community Development Association and the Paul B. Sharar Foundation was used to outfit the CCC Technology Center Conference Center with up-to-the minute technology. The Conference Center is used daily for business trainings, community events and college classes.
High School Equivalency Program Awards - In 2003, the Paul B. Sharar Foundation and the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Board of Directors approved an agreement to offer each graduate of the EICC High School Equivalency program a three-credit-hour scholarship with a goal of encouraging GED graduates to continue their education working toward an Associate’s Degree. In 2004, the HiSEP Scholarship was expanded to include the first three credit hours or the equivalent cost of a program that would lead to immediate employment.
Educational Grants – Faculty and Staff at Clinton Community College can apply for educational grants to further their education. The $600 awards strengthen the quality of programs offered at Clinton Community College.
Virtual Lab – A partnership with Title III Funds, Alex Grayes, the Armstrong-Curtis Foundation, EICC and the Paul B. Sharar Foundation, the Virtual Lab is a state-of-the-art technology center used by all departments of the college. Designed for collaborative learning, the Virtual Lab features state-of-the-art technology and features that facilitate classroom interaction and more readily engage students in learning.
Auditorium Remodeling – In a joint partnership with the Clinton County Gaming Association, B-rrry Scurry, Student Senate and the Sharar Foundation, a face-lift of $122,000 was completed bringing the much-used auditorium into the 21st Century.
Newsletter – The quarterly newsletter, “Foundation Footnotes”, is combined with the “Alumni Associate” to offer friends and graduates of Clinton Community College an update of happenings on campus.
Business & Industry Tours – Designed as a way to introduce students to the local business community and to introduce local opportunities to Clinton Community College students, the Business & Industry Tours have been well received throughout the community.