Moraine Valley Community College has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions that awards grants to organizations that support and advance public safety programs, and technology and engineering education initiatives.

The grant funds will support Moraine Valley’s Fire Science Academy, specifically subsidizing the costs of firefighting gear rental for students. Typically, renting gear – required protective clothing – for the academy and subsequent internship runs around $1,000 per individual. This grant will eliminate costs for up to 30 students.

“This should allow students who have financial barriers to enroll in the program. We are hoping to see less advantaged students enroll and possibly more diversity in our programs,” said Andy Hufnagl, Moraine Valley coordinator of Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services. “This is the first grant of its kind we have applied for. If we realize the potential we envision, we may apply for more grants like this in the future.”

This grant supports programs that help more than two million students, teachers, first responders, and community members, especially underrepresented populations, around the world.

“We are very pleased to support the work of Moraine Valley,” said Monica Mueller, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that foster innovation and drive change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they are making in the community.”