Shea-Porter Secures and Votes for $575,000 for First District Education Funding

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3288), which has passed both the House and the Senate and is now headed to the Presidents desk for signature, includes $575,000 in First District education funding. This funding was requested and secured by Shea-Porter, and includes $450,000 for the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and $125,000 for Lakes Region Community College.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed the House 221 to 202. 

These funds will directly benefit New Hampshire students,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I have fought hard to provide the very best educational opportunities and projects for our State.”

“The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire is very grateful for Congresswoman Carol Shea Porters continued support of this important initiative,” says National Inclusive Education Initiative (NIEI) director Cheryl Jorgensen. “Due to the Congresswomans efforts, the NIEI will be able to expand and enhance the deployment of evidence-based training for educators and administrators across the country, conduct research that focuses on students with autism and related disabilities in general education classrooms, and evaluate and report on the effectiveness of year one activities.”

 "Lakes Region Community College is grateful for the ongoing support of Representative Shea-Porter, and the commitment of our federal delegation to supporting the growth of the college's Energy Services & Technology program," said Lakes Region Community College President Mark Edelstein. "Our representatives in Washington clearly understand the importance of this program in promoting both energy conservation and the renewable energy industry in New Hampshire."

Descriptions of what funding for these education projects will be used for are below.

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, for its National Center on Inclusive Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities: $450,000

The Center will promote, through research, training, product development and dissemination, quality education and supports to students with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities to improve educational and social outcomes in inclusive educational environments.

Lakes Region Community College, Laconia, NH, for curriculum development and educational equipment for the Energy Services and Technology Program: $125,000

Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) seeks to enhance and expand its Energy Services and Technology program, creating a model program that produces a significant number of highly-qualified energy auditors, analysts and other technicians while serving as a resource for businesses and communities on issues related to energy production and conservation.  The combination of soaring energy prices and climate change make it critical that programs such as this develop quickly and in a manner that projects their expertise and assistance directly into the communities they serve.