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Students, faculty and staff at Everett Community College in Washington cheer the arrival of a Boeing 727 donated by FedEx.
Everett Community College (EvCC) got a special delivery from FedEx on July 25. The company donated a Boeing 727 to the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technician School. It’s the largest plane in the aviation maintenance program. Curriculum about larger airplanes had previously been presented in the classroom, with textbooks and on computers.
“Thanks to FedEx Express, EvCC students will be able to do hands-on training with a large aircraft, enhancing their skills and helping Washington lead the way as the world’s aerospace training center,” said EvCC President David Beyer.
Danville Area Community College’s (DACC) Technology Center expansion will continue thanks to a $3-million planned gift from Julius W. Hegeler II. The principal gift will come to the college upon Hegeler’s death, but he will provide $100,000 annually for the interest on the loan until that time. Hegeler served as DACC Foundation president from 1973-75, and continued on the board for many years after his presidency. His family-owned business, the Hegeler Zinc Co., helped to put Danville on the map. Hegeler also co-founded the Peterson Filling and Packaging Co.
Ellsworth Community College (ECC) students in the college’s agriculture programs will have more scholarship opportunities thanks to a $2.5-million pledge from Robert and Arlene Hamilton. The Hamiltons—longtime farmers and entrepreneurs—donated $1 million in 2007 to establish the Agriculture & Renewable Energy Center and the Ellsworth Equestrian Center at the college’s Robert & Arlene Hamilton Campus. This latest donation will provide $5,000 scholarships, and, eventually, allow ECC to establish a faculty chair position for the agriculture department.
St. Charles Community College’s pre-engineering program was awarded a four-year, $100,000 gift from SunEdison, Inc. The college will use the funds for program enhancements and student scholarships. It is the largest gift SCCC has received for its pre-engineering program.
Truckee Meadows Community College will use a $2.25-million U.S. Commerce Department grant to renovate its technology center. The Applied Technology Center is the primary workforce training facility in the Reno-Sparks area for automotive and diesel technicians, HVAC/R, machining, production and industrial systems, renewable energy and welding. The renovations will create more space for instruction and support services.
Cape Fear Community College received $5,000 from Wells Fargo for business scholarships. The Wells Fargo Foundation Annual Scholarship in Business is awarded to CFCC students enrolled in business programs or to students with a pre-major in business administration, accounting, finance or marketing who plan to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of an associate degree.
Tidewater Community College’s Women’s Center received a $25,000 gift from Tony and Monica Brothers, founders of the Still Hope Foundation, Inc. With the funds, the college will help more students reach their educational goals and to increase their readiness for leadership and careers. The gift was given in honor of Dorothy Brothers-Jones and Marian Bonner, the mothers of Tony and Monica Brothers.
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