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Clark College News and Events

February 23, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Director of Grants Development Katharine Brokaw provides leadership
in acquiring grants to support college programs and student success

VANCOUVER, Wash. – In the past seven months, Clark College has obtained 10 grants worth over $845,000 in support of college programs and student success.

Clark College Director of Grants Development Katharine (Kitty) BrokawThe grant dollars came as a result of a college-wide effort to increase grant support through the college’s Office of Planning and Advancement.  As part of that process, Katharine (Kitty) Brokaw was named Clark College’s Director of Grants Development.  Brokaw had served as Interim Director prior to assuming the permanent post in fall of 2006.  While Brokaw served as interim director from October 2005 through October 2006, the college received 16 grants totaling nearly $1.14 million.

The grants received by the college have been wide-ranging and diverse.  In 2005, the college received a $70,050 grant to support a student success seminar to increase student retention and transfer rates for low-income, first generation students.  The college recently received a $85,000 grant to support a physical education and nutrition pilot project for low-income families with children age five and under.  The pilot will be conducted by six professional child care providers in Clark County.

According to Clark College Interim President Robert K. Knight, “As Director of Grants Development, Kitty Brokaw provides leadership, coordination and technical assistance for grants development throughout the college.  She collaborates with faculty and staff, the Clark College Foundation, employers, and community partners to develop and acquire federal, state, local and private sector grants to support college programs and student success.”  Knight praised Brokaw for her “professionalism, experience and commitment to delivering results for the college in support of our students and our community.”

Clark’s Executive Dean of Planning and Advancement Candy Bennett noted, “Grants provide an important resource for the college in developing innovative projects and promoting student success.  Funding from grants allows us to achieve that margin of excellence we all seek for our students."

Brokaw, who resides in Vancouver, most recently served as the Director of Development and Annual Giving at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville Foundation in Jacksonville, Florida.  She previously held positions as Director of Development at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, and the Center for Excellence in Education in Vienna, Virginia.  

“My goal is to actively engage and increase employee participation in the grants process,” said Brokaw.  “I enjoy being able to work with so many talented and committed people to create and submit grants to support Clark College and our students.”

Katharine Brokaw earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.


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