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Murray Announces Federal Grant Award for Heritage College

Nov 21 2002

$20,000 will help college assist the local community in expanding economic opportunities

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray today announced that Heritage College in Toppenish will receive a $20,000 grant to help promote economic development in the Yakima Valley.

Selected as one of only eight National Centers of Excellence nationwide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Rural Development branch, Heritage College will use the grant to help local residents and businesses expand their economic and employment opportunities with the use of new educational and technological tools.

"I am pleased that Heritage College will receive this grant to help provide job-training and 21st century workforce skills to workers in the Yakima Valley," Senator Murray said. "Heritage College has a strong track record of working with local communities and businesses to enhance the opportunities of our rural residents."

As part of the National Center of Excellence (NCE) program, Heritage College will continue to assist the Lower Yakima County Rural Enterprise Community, provide short-term training to the community at large, and bring groups together to work and plan for the successful rural development of the Yakima Valley.

The NCE program consists of one-year partnership agreements between eight rural institutions of higher education and USDA. The agreements support strong information sharing and technical assistance links between Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Communities, state USDA Rural development field staff, colleges and universities, civic organizations and other rural communities.