D.C.-area colleges secure millions in earmarks in federal spending … – The Business Journals




The $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that President Joe Biden signed into law earlier this month earmarks millions of dollars for a dozen colleges and universities in Greater Washington.
The largest single earmark — besides Howard University and Gallaudet University, which receive millions in dedicated funding each year — is $2.2 million from the Department of Education to Northern Virginia Community College to expand the nursing program at its Medical Education Campus in Springfield, to include computerized models of the human body and other technology for clinical training, according to a joint statement from U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Virginia Democrats.
In the fall of 2021, former Gov. Ralph Northam approved Virginia’s special session budget to allocate $25 million for a new 37,000-square-foot Center for Medical Excellence on NOVA’s Springfield campus. The addition could more than triple enrollment and hold up to 300 students.
NOVA also received the biggest single earmark among local institutions in the budget approved by Congress in March: $5.1 million to expand its data center operations degree and certificate program.
The community college is also set to receive, through the 2023 budget, $685,000 from the DOE for its diesel technology certificate programs to upgrade equipment and expand the program’s reach, with the goal of preparing more diesel technicians to enter the local workforce. Spokespeople for the institution were not immediately available for comment.
Howard University gets a set amount in its annual appropriation, this year $354 million. That will support academic programs, at least $3.4 million for the university’s endowment, which Howard must match dollar-for-dollar, and $100 million for the construction of a new Howard University Hospital, per a statement from D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. 
Gallaudet University, meanwhile, will receive $165 million via the Education of the Deaf Act of 1986 for its endowment, general operations, its two K-12 schools and ongoing capital projects.
George Mason University will receive a combined $5.7 million from the omnibus spending package, from the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Here’s the breakdown on where that money is slated to go, according to the final bill document and Warner and Kaine:
At least eight other area higher education institutions received single earmarks for federal funding, including also from the Department of Commerce, according to Senate appropriations committee documentation, statements from D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Warner and Kaine.
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