November 2, 2010 | | Leave a comment Kirtland Community College, which is located in Michigan, announced that it has received a $2 million grant from the Department of Education that is designed to fund several areas within the college, namely its online programs, reports The Ogemaw County Herald. College officials told the news source that this gift will help fund the adoption of eLearning technology, the improvement of professional growth for faculty and staff, upgrades to classroom technology to support more effective instructional methods, the creation of comprehensive online services and programs as well as the expansion of resource capacity. “There’s a major thrust in developing online courses and certificates.” Tim Hagen-Foley, foundation and development office director at the school, told the news source. “It will provide better services to students online.” Currently, the money will be divided into increments of $400,000, which will be awarded annually over a five-year period. Furthermore, the college is seeking ways to create more online certification courses and programs. The Pew Research Center estimates that community colleges enroll in nearly 44 percent of all U.S. undergraduates.