Kilgore College representatives officially cut the ribbon Oct. 12 to open the new Faculty Innovation Center housed in the Woodfin Center for Instructional Technology on the Kilgore campus.
After the ribbon cutting, guests toured the facility which features a TV recording studio, editing equipment and a training/collaboration room that provides full-time and part-time KC faculty members opportunities to work with an experienced instructional designer to establish online courses and supplemental materials.
It was funded with the Department of Education Title III “Strengthening Institutions” grant awarded to KC for just under $3 million over a five-year span. KC is in the second year of the grant funding.
“This is a proud moment for Kilgore College as we strive to make a profound impact on the lives of our students with increased options and access to educational opportunities thanks to upgrading our technology,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president. “The grant has enabled KC to invest in transformational tools that would not have been possible under normal budgetary conditions.”
The grant also provides stipends for faculty members who design or redesign online courses and wireless networking equipment to support the creation, delivery and access to online courses.
To date, more than 75 faculty members have been trained to use the new distance learning technology.
KC was one of only two two-year colleges to receive a “Part F” grant and the only Texas college awarded a grant from either of the two Title III programs.
Only seven colleges nationwide received the Title III grant out of 103 institutions that applied.
PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. William Stowe (Title III Grant Activity Director), Fred Peters (Title III Project Director & Grant Writer), Jon Rowe (KC Board Member) and Dr. Brenda Kays (KC President) cut the ribbon to officially open the Faculty Innovation Center in the Woodfin Center for Instructional Technology on the Kilgore campus. Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC