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UCC awarded $529K in federal funding to aid in recovery from mass shooting

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Umpqua Community College has been awarded federal funding to help with the recovery from last October's mass shooting.

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Congressman Peter Defazio announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $529,623 to UCC.

The Oregon representatives previously sent a letter of support to the Department of Education for the School Emergency Response to Violence grant program.

SERV grants are awarded to schools where the learning environment has been disrupted by a violent or traumatic event.

Nine people were killed and nine others were injured in the shooting at the Roseburg-area campus on Oct. 1, 2015. The shooter, who was armed with multiple guns, killed himself after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.

The federal funding will help UCC to cover costs associated with the shooting and reimburse the college for costs incurred. The money will also help to fund a student support and wellness director, a recovery advising specialty, a mental health therapist and additional security.

"The UCC community has struggled to recover from the devastating events on October 1, 2015. The magnitude of the emotional toll that UCC has experienced has been immense and staggering. In addition to the disruption of instructional time, the yearly school schedule was paused. Instead of proceeding with the planned deadline to set final class schedules, UCC staff and students had to focus on recovering and rebuilding. In addition, financial aid disbursements that were in progress when the incident occurred were delayed. Given UCC's high percentage of students who need financial aid to attend college, this disruption impacted students' educational progress and living expenses," a joint release from the lawmakers states.

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