Wisconsin’s Madison College can fast track construction of the new South Campus thanks to a sizable contribution from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates.
At a recent news conference, Great Lakes President and CEO Richard D. George said his organization is committing $3 million to construct the second phase of the project and announced a $3.5 matching grant to complete the final phase. With the challenge grant, Great Lakes is looking to engage the community in completing the project. Madison College must raise $3.5 million before March 31 to benefit from Great Lakes’ dollar-for-dollar match. If that happens, it ensures that the new campus will be completed in 2019.
“It’s clear from every angle that the new South Campus addresses many barriers residents of that area have faced for too long. There are countless individuals who have the drive and potential to attend college, and by creating a new campus that is accessible, provides robust support services and offers degree options with high market value, we can affect great change,” George said.
Phase One of the campus construction received a $10 million donation from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation, and $1.5 million from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. Those donations funded the construction of 38,000 usable square feet, will house learning spaces, limited support and wrap-around student services.
Phase Two will increase the usable space to up to 45,000 square feet and include community meeting spaces, additional classrooms and support services. Phase Three will expand the complex to nearly 75,000 square feet and include a comprehensive suite of student services, community access to social service and community-based organizations, and additional classrooms and community meeting spaces.
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) received a $100,000 donation from the 2017 North Bay Fire Relief Fund. The donation was made to the SRJC Fire Relief Fund to support the urgent needs of students and employees who lost their homes.
“At last count, more than 1,000 SRJC students, faculty, staff and administrators have lost their homes. Students need to replace books, supplies, computers, bikes, and other essentials so that they can stay in school, and employees who lost everything need assistance so that they can continue to teach and support our students,” SRJC Superintendent/President Frank Chong said in a release. “Thanks to this generous donation, we will be able to provide grants to help hundreds of additional SRJC students and employees in need.”
The North Bay Fire Relief Fund was established by Redwood Credit Union, The Press Democrat and State Sen. Mike McGuire to support the immediate needs of community members who have lost homes in the four counties affected, first responders who lost homes while fighting fires, and kids and schools in the four counties affected by the fires.
Hagerstown Community College (HCC) recently received a $500 donation from the employees at Roxbury Correctional Institute in memory of Officer Jeffery Wroten who was killed in the line of duty in 2006. The donation supported a scholarship, which was awarded to Ryan Consoletti, an administration of justice student at HCC. He is in his second semester at HCC and is preparing for a career in law enforcement.
Durham Technical Community College was awarded $16,669 in grant scholarships from the General Consulate of Mexico in Raleigh. The scholarships will benefit Mexican students and students of Mexican descent.
The Consulate and Durham Tech have partnered over the last several years to support students’ educational goals. This is the third award the Consulate has recently granted the college.