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CORONAVIRUS: Flint Hills Technical College discusses grant funding as response effort continues Flint Hills Technical College photo

COVID-19 response through the lens of grant funding was the key focal point for the Flint Hills Technical College Board of Trustees during its monthly meeting Monday.


The college currently has almost $1.6 million in grant revenue possibly available to help with COVID-19 response, but better than half of that -- over $790,000 -- is awaiting confirmation, either from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Kansas Department of Commerce or Lyon County. College President Dean Hollenbeck tells KVOE News much of the focus has been on securing personal protective equipment. Another focal point: information technology.

Furniture is another need with the ongoing emphasis on social distance requiring more space between students in existing classrooms and, in some cases, the creation of new classroom space. 

Besides the SPARK and FEMA dollars, Flint Hills Technical College has acquired funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for student assistance; institutional needs like distance learning equipment and scholarship refunds; and expenses like personal protective equipment, lab safety equipment and lost revenue. All told, the college says over $520,000 of the approved money has either been spent or is encumbered for future spending.

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