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Highlands College Wins Grant to Help Seniors and Single Mothers


Highlands College of Montana Tech has received a grant which will fund automobile wellness checks for senior citizens, single mothers and students. The first Auto Wellness Check will occur on Wednesday, October 24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Highlands College. The grant funds are being provided as part of the Perkins Rural Reserve Grant for Special Populations coordinated by Montana’s Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. Highlands College was granted $35,000 for this initiative.

The Perkins Rural Reserve Grant for Special Populations allows postsecondary institutions (such as Highlands College) to request funds to support and improve career and technical education to students that are enrolled in career technical education programs and who are from special populations.

"I was very grateful to hear that we won this grant," said Jerry Stewart, Highlands College Automotive faculty member. "This grant will allow our students hands-on opportunities to serve the neediest folks in our community while at the same time providing us much needed new equipment and tools."

Highlands College Automotive students will conduct the automobile wellness checks and provide their "clients" with an evaluation report on their cars. The clients can then take this report to their auto repair shop to have the work done.

"The Perkins Grant allows each state to reserve some of the Perkins funds to allow some flexibility for rural areas to help underserved populations," said Denise Elakovich, Highlands College faculty and author of the winning grant application. "The greater Butte/Anaconda region is much underserved and we think providing wellness checks for cars before and during our Montana winter will be a great help to our special populations."