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September 20, 2012

Crowder College wins grant to enhance public safety programs

JOPLIN, Mo. — Crowder College has received a $2.9 million grant that will help update and expand its fire science, EMT/paramedic, law enforcement and public management programs.

It will also provide for training for instructors as well as new equipment and supplies, grant director Cindy Branscum said.

Details of the three-year grant, which is from the U.S. Department of Labor and begins Oct. 1, are still pending, she said. A committee made up of the heads of the impacted departments, members of the grants office and leaders in the local public safety sector is scheduled to meet as early as next week to begin discussing how to allocate the money, she said.

Kristin Spencer, program director of emergency medical services education at Crowder, said she had found out Thursday morning that the grant had been awarded.

“We’re thrilled to be the recipients of this grant, and it’s definitely going to make an impact on this community,” she said.

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