Supporting HCC Faculty and Staff

The HCC Foundation engages individuals and organizations to support a variety of faculty and staff programs, ranging from funding global study opportunities to underwriting employee recognitions and years-of-service awards.

The Foundation secures private support for special initiatives designed to connect HCC with the Tampa Bay community. These are as varied as events like the Regional Science Olympiad and Hawk Run 5K, initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and innovation, and programs that serve our region’s many veterans. We were also proud to play a role in honoring our first-ever class of Professors Emeriti at the college in 2019.

Resources for Excellence Grants

The next application deadline for Resources for Excellence applications is April 6, 2021.

The HCC Foundation’s Resources for Excellence Grants program provides current faculty and staff with funds to broaden the scope of the curriculum, enhance the college experience, and improve student achievement. Made possible by the generous support of our donors, Resources for Excellence grants are designed to help advance HCC’s mission and goals. Faculty and staff may apply for grants ranging from $500 – $2,500 to support projects that would otherwise not be covered by the College budget or other sources. Deadlines for applying are twice per year, in October and April.

The 2020-2021 year deadlines are October 27, 2020 and April 6, 2021.

Apply for a Resources for Excellence Grant.

Resources for Excellence Fall 2020 Awards

Podcast Studio & Multimedia Lab, Ybor Campus- Jeremy Bullian

Jeremy Bullian, Ybor City, was awarded for his proposal to create a podcast studio and multimedia lab in the campus library. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for use by students and will present opportunities for collaboration with faculty and their classes.

Outdoor Benches, Plant City Campus- Molly Coufal & Natalie Powell

Molly Coufal and Natalie Powell, Plant City, will use funds to purchase much needed outdoor benches for the campus.

Expanded Seed Libraries- Paul Rabaut

Paul Rabaut, Sustainability Coordinator, will use funding to expand seed libraries to the Dale Mabry, Brandon and Plant City campuses. Free seeds for food crops and planting instructions will be offered to anyone at HCC or the community. Recipients will be encouraged to save and dry seeds their plants produce for return to the seed libraries.

Videotaping & Tripod kits for Nursing program- Jennifer Reyes, Laura Lewicki, Sheila Hajari, Marianna Fiata

Jennifer Reyes, Laura Lewicki, Sheila Hajari and Marianne Fiata, DM, SS and PC, will provide videotaping kits and tripods to allow nursing students to validate their skills at home. Videotaping of skills is required and there are multiple skills each student needs to perform outside of the clinical setting.

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic participation- Anthony Spatola

Anthony Spatola, Plant City, was awarded for his proposal to allow Vet Tech students the opportunity to participate in a spay/neuter clinic on feral cats in the community, providing students with real experience while conducting an important community service.

Paralegal Digital Badges- Mark Sandag

Tom Tankersley and Mark Sandag, Ybor, will use funding for Paralegal students’ digital badges. The digital badges, once earned, will demonstrate to potential employers that students possess a high level of competence in a number of high-demand skills.


Spring 2020 Resources for Excellence Award Recipients

Open Educational Resources (OER) – Kristin Heathcock and Ilene Frank

The libraries will house a collection of printed OER textbooks and resources for faculty to review and to possibly see them as a viable option when making textbook selections. This is one tool that can be used to address the need of textbook affordability.

Urban Ethnography – Simone Maddanu, Deborah Barr and Rebecca Todd

Fieldwork on public bus users in Tampa, analysis of row data using a text-analysis/qualitative software and GIS will contribute to students’ curricula and be a practical introduction to qualitative methods in social sciences. Students will observe and explore practices and performances of individuals and groups.

Team Building Skills – Suzanne Schneer, Ralph Proemm, Christian Ross and Logan Harry

Provide team building materials for use by auto services, auto collision, diesel, and welding students as part of the employment skills curriculum. Addresses the increasing demand for well-rounded employees in these industries.

Picnic Benches – Molly Coufal and Natalie Powell

Provide needed outdoor seating at the Plant City campus for students, faculty and visitors to provide areas for rest, conversation and study. Two of the tables will be ADA compliant.

Student T-shirt business – Beth Kerly

Provide the necessary equipment to begin a self-sustaining, student-run business offering opportunities for students from a variety of programs to work in collaboration to design, produce and sell t-shirts for a variety of college purposes.

Collaboration Station – Micki Baker and Sally Egger

Interlocking, collaborative white-board tables will be provided for the Math and Writing student study room. Tables can be configured for individual, peer or group study, allowing for increased peer-to-peer learning and novel learning activities using the write-on whiteboard tabletops.

Fall 2019 Resources for Excellence Award Recipients

Linguistic risks – Crystal Bonano, Susan Brown

“Linguistic risk” will offer EAP students multiple opportunities outside of the classroom to apply what they are learning in the classroom. It will encourage them to go outside of their comfort zones and become more active members of the HCC community by requiring them to socialize for the purpose of improving their oral communication skills.

TKI assessment—Danielle Clark

“TKI assessment” will generate a unique, individual, comprehensive, easy to use report, which helps students discover their conflict style. It will be incorporated in the Business classes.

Shadow Health—Jennifer Reyes, Laura Lewicki, Sheila Hajari, Sandra Coleman

“Shadow Health” is a virtual simulation experience that can be used to supplement clinical experiences for students pursuing nursing. The virtual simulation can have a positive impact on student’s success and learning.

Lab Equipment –Rebecca Page

Replace older chemistry lab equipment to provide students exposure to newer technology, funding from this grant will provide equipment more in keeping with modern laborites and handling of data.

ERS – Tripat Kaur, Kim Novatko

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate is a test used to identify inflammation in patients. A new instrument that students will encounter in the real world will replace the current instrument for measurement of ESR, no longer used by hospitals.