Tacoma Community College will receive a $174,812 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to fund humanities education. The “NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations” grant funds organizations that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. TCC is one of 311 organizations that will be funded, out of 2,333 organizations that applied.

“Over the past few months we have witnessed tremendous financial distress at cultural organizations across the country, which have been compelled to furlough staff, cancel programs, and reduce operations to make up for revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic,” NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede said in a statement. “NEH is pleased to provide $40 million to preserve thousands of jobs at museums, archives, historic sites, and colleges and universities that are vital to our nation’s cultural life and economy.”

TCC said it plans to use the $174,812 to compensate up to 50 humanities faculty through the conversion of courses to an online format and the adoption of open educational resources. Working with current e-learning expectations and best practices, TCC faculty will be working to provide quality and accessible digital humanities education experiences. Although this educational design work fills an immediate need for online education in the COVID-19 era, the courses built under this grant funding project will serve TCC students for many years.

“The TCC Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is happy to be able to take this summer to do thoughtful curriculum and course design work, so that our digital humanities presence is high quality, comprehensive, and can serve our community for a long future,” Dr. John Falskow, Interim Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at TCC, said in a statement. “This generous NEH grant will allow a large number of faculty, across a wide range of subject areas to invest time into thoughtful and meaningful digital humanities education. I am thrilled for the positive impact this will have on education and digital humanities in our community.”