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SANBORN – Niagara County Community College has received four grants totaling nearly $2.5 million, President James P. Klyczek announced.

The largest grant is $350,000 each year for five years from the state Education Department for the Niagara Liberty Partnerships Program, a collaboration between Niagara County Community College and the school districts in the county’s three cities.

The program will target 280 students at risk of dropping out of school, providing them with academic, social and personal support.

A $418,803 federal grant will enhance programs for Career and Technical Education students, including upgrades to NCCC’s medical laboratories, a science tutoring center, child care subsidies and case management services for students.

The Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant Program awarded NCCC $147,854 over three years. The funds, which will be matched by NCCC each year, will be used to create a suicide prevention program.

The National Endowment for the Humanities supplied $175,122 to fund two one-week workshops on the construction of the Erie Canal.