The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and the Verizon Foundation
announced on March 30, 2010 the winners of “Teaching with Today’s Technology” program
grants. Five institutions, including Randolph-Macon College, have received $20,000
each to enhance their teacher education departments in the area of technology and
the role it can play in the K-12 classroom experience.
“This generous grant will support and enhance our fine education program,” said
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. “By giving our education students the latest
technological tools, we provide them with an invaluable asset in their roles as
Randolph-Macon College will use the grant to provide developmental, sequential and
integrated technology instruction for pre-service teachers to use in teaching K-12
students in practicum placements.
Brenda Davis, chair of R-MC’s education department, explains: “The Verizon grant
allows the education department to extend its integration of technology into core
courses for all pre-service teachers. The technology integration is directly related
to the pre-service teachers’ field work in K-12 classrooms. The grant also helps
us promote 21st century goals of learning to learn and creative and critical thinking
through integration of technology.”
The Verizon Foundation is one of the VFIC’s most distinguished corporate partners,
contributing more than $3 million to the VFIC cause over the course of 55 years.
Since 1998, Verizon’s commitment to improve student learning and faculty instructional
effectiveness has made a meaningful impact on colleges across the Commonwealth.
Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit
fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading private
colleges in the Commonwealth. The VFIC supports these traditional undergraduate
institutions by securing gifts and grants for the consortium, increasing their visibility,
facilitating collaborative initiatives among the colleges and supporting programs
which ensure that these colleges’ personalized and effective educational experiences
remain an affordable choice for the young men and women who will be tomorrow’s citizen-leaders.
For information about R-MC’s Department of Education, visit
For more information about the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and
this grant program, visit www.vfic.org.