Rural Community College Peer Learning Network: Sharing Rural Health Grants Experiences

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

June 29, 2022
Rural Health Grants

Through funding made possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA), the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is working to strengthen rural community colleges. Our project builds on ACCT’s prior work through the Strengthening Rural Community Colleges report that engaged rural community college presidents and trustees to gather information about the challenges faced by these institutions. One of the findings of this work was that rural colleges did not feel that they had a way to connect with one another to share ideas and discuss issues. They also expressed concern over the many barriers to accessing federal grant funding.

One of the components of our project is the creation of a Rural Community College Peer Learning Network, which serves as a way for rural community college leaders to share best practices, institutional experiences, and processes. The Rural Community College Peer Learning Network serves in conjunction with our monthly webinars and an opportunity to learn directly from other rural community colleges. Also, this is an opportunity for rural community colleges to learn how similar institutions operate while providing supportive resources to potentially utilize.

During this Rural Community College Peer Learning Network discussion, we will bring together rural community college leaders to learn about the process of applying for rural health grants (i.e., Health Profession Opportunity Grants) and potential tips from current/previous grant recipients. This Peer Learning Network discussion will follow our Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Rural Health Grants webinar.

Rural Community College Peer Learning Network Meeting Details

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Access the article about this Peer Learning Network discussion Central Community College: Health Profession Opportunity Grant Program here.

Speaker Information

BeckyBecky Fausett Fausett
Director of Adult Education
Central Community College

Becky Fausett is the Director of Adult Education at Central Community College. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Project H.E.L.P., their HPOG program. Through partnership with other community colleges, Project H.E.L.P. served students throughout most of the state of Nebraska. She received her B.A.’s in Psychology and Human Services Administration from Hastings College and her M.A. in Strategic Leadership from Bethel University.


MarniMarni Danhauer Danhauer
Grants Director
Central Community College

Marni Danhauer is the Grants Director at Central Community College in Nebraska. In her 21 year tenure at CCC, Ms. Danhauer has held multiple positions prior to her current role, including Grants Accounting and Compliance, Associate Dean of Extended Learning Services, Grants Development Coordinator. While at the college, she has secured over $54 million in federal, state, and private grant funding. Ms. Danhauer holds a BSBA in Accounting from Midland University and an MBA from Bellevue University.


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