Asnuntuck Community College Foundation, Inc. has announced their latest round of support for the local community college. The Foundation has committed to donating more than $318,000 to the college.
"The college is extremely grateful for the support it receives from the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation,” said ACC President James Lombella. “These contributions assist the college by bringing upgraded technology, program growth, equipment upgrades and tutoring support to our students. These contributions have a direct impact on student success!"
The largest amount of funding going back to the college this year, from the Foundation, comes in a three year commitment to assist in the funding of a Director of Institutional Development and Community Engagement for the College. The $193,000 commitment will fund more than 50% of this new position over three years. This new hire will be responsible for bringing awareness to the community on the many funding opportunities available at the college. This person will be instrumental in raising funds and bringing awareness to the community regarding the Enfield based college’s mission and needs. The Director will play a key role in raising funds for the many new opportunities soon to be available at the college. ACC has unveiled its initial drawings and plans for its five year Master Plan. Construction is slated to begin on Phase 1 in 2015.
The Foundation has made an additional $65,000 commitment to the Academic Skills Center. The center, which offers free tutoring in a variety of academic areas, received $30,000 in 2014 and will receive an additional $30,000 in 2015. Two more installments of $20,000 and $15,000 will be used for the center over the following two years.
"The Foundation is pleased to assist the college in achieving its mission to provide students from this region with strong opportunities for a solid education and professional growth. These major financial commitments will certainly play a significant role in moving the needle toward greater institutional advancement and offer students a series of vital resources which put them on a path for success,” announced the Foundation’s Chairwoman Karen Jarmoc.
ACC students will be able to work with state of the art equipment as part of another donation from the Foundation. The Communications program’s recent move to the college’s active front hallway has meant greater visibility for the college’s radio station, WACC. The move and upgrades were done at a cost of approximately a quarter of a million dollars. The Foundation has made a commitment to assist the video production area which is in need of an upgrade.
The space in the Communications lab intended for a small video production studio had remained empty. The community college will receive $15,000 from the Foundation, for equipment to benefit the video production lab. This will allow the college to have a studio in a box set-up. According to ACC’s Communication Program Coordinator Wendy Nelson, “This system has plug and play capabilities and can be used with either PCs or Macs. Camcorders can be plugged into the system, or a mix of different media sources. The playback/export formats allow for a variety of distribution streams, including mobile platforms. The system is also lightweight and portable, so students can easily break down and set up anywhere around the College.” The Coordinator added, “This is an exciting time of growth for the Communications program. The grant will allow us to incorporate studio production into our Video Filmmaking class. The new video studio is also vital to our plans to expand the curriculum to include multimedia production."
The Foundation has announced that they will commit $37,500 across the next three years to purchase IPADS. Thirty IPADS will be purchased each of the three years to support mobile IPAD labs. Instructors at the college will be able to book the mobile IPAD labs for use with their classes. This addition will allow the college to put up-to-date technology in the hands of ACC students.
Students will be able to borrow digital cameras and tripods as a result of a $4,000 donation from the Foundation. Some of these funds will also be utilized for a student art project. The project will result in new student artwork being created and hung in the college’s hallways.
Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation holds three major fundraisers each year. The annual Murder Mystery, featuring various amateur cast members from the community is held in March, an annual drive is also conducted each year and a Golf Tournament is held each Summer. The Foundation’s 14th Annual Tournament was held on July 14th at Twin Hills Country Club. The tournament grossed $36,595 with the net proceeds benefiting the Foundation. United Bank served as Presidential Sponsor for the tournament with Allied Community Services and G. Donovan, Follett Higher Education Group and Radiology Associates of Hartford, P.C. donating as Scholarship Sponsors.
To learn more about the Foundation and how to contribute visit http://www.asnuntuck.edu/Foundation/how-contribute.