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CLC receives Minnesota State Educational Innovations grant

Central Lakes College is among several Minnesota State universities and colleges on the receiving end of $314,659 worth of grants to fund educational innovations.

Grants were funded through Minnesota State Educational Innovations, which identifies, seeds and supports innovative technologies and talent to drive high-quality experiences for the students of Minnesota State, a news release stated.

Proposals were considered for either innovation grants up to $25,000 or small innovation/sustainability grants that could, for example, fund a pilot project, enhance an existing innovation program, or contribute to the sustainability of a previously funded project.

New this year are "Pay it Forward" grants helping campuses implement innovations developed by other campuses proven to be successful.

CLC received a small innovation/sustainability grant worth up to $10,000 for its Open Education Resources Z Degree program. The "Z" stands for "zero textbooks," so students can enroll in these courses and complete a full Associate of Arts degree without the cost of textbooks.

"Providing a vibrant and robust learning experience for our students requires that our colleges and universities be masters of innovation," Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State, said in the release. "The projects that these grants are funding are outstanding examples of the creative power of our faculty, staff and students and their commitment to improving the success of our students and our contribution to the economic vitality of Minnesota."