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Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Grant

The tools to grow. The skills to succeed.

In September 2019, Alpena Community College was awarded a $2,250,000 five-year Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. The project is called Center for Health Sciences, Innovation, and Student Success: A SIP Proposal to Strengthen Instructional Quality, Accessible Student Services, and Fiscal Stability at Alpena Community College in Northeast Lower Michigan. The project will expand the capacity in the Nursing and Allied Health programs, strengthen Student Services to improve outcomes for low-income students, and advance the ACC Foundation to strengthen ACC’s fiscal stability. The SIP grant will enable Alpena Community College to support program growth, student success, and alumni engagement.

The SIP grant secured by Alpena Community College is one of only three projects awarded in Michigan and one of only 63 issued nationally.

In the Media:ACC earns $2.25M federal grant– October 2019
Talk of the Town – Grant Award Announcement – October 2019
College to purchase high-tech anatomy table – February 2020
Talk of the Town – Anatomage Table  – March 2020
Nursing program purchases advanced patient simulators – August 2020
ACC brings advanced training technology to medical students - January 2021

Nursing instructors work with students on a manikin

A male and a female nursing student work on a manikin

Nursing students work with a respirator on a manikin

For more information about the SIP Grant at ACC or any of the programs, please contact:

SIP Grant Director
Kristen Wisniewski