Earlier this year, a tweet by journalist Yashar Ali went viral. Ali, recently named as one of Time’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet, tweeted how no one should be embarrassed for attending community colleges and called them the backbone of the secondary education system. He then challenged Twitter users to share where they went to community college and what they are currently doing. The response was overwhelming – politicians, lawyers, medical professionals, business owners, authors and educators, were among those who responded sharing how community college has benefitted them. In short, community and technical colleges change lives.
The Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (EWVCTC) Foundation recognizes the impact of community and technical colleges on the lives of those who attend. From students fresh out of high school to working adults looking to gain new skills, EWVCTC assists students with reaching their goals.
Established in 2000 as a 501c3 non-profit corporation organized under the laws of West Virginia and governed by a board of trustees that supports the college’s educational initiatives, the EWVCTC Foundation is dedicated to support student scholarships, faculty development and capital projects. Through donations obtained by generous donors and friends, the Foundation provides financial assistance that makes college possible and opens doors for career training to students in need. In addition, the Foundation supports EWVCTC’s capital campaigns and the Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, which works to implement a holistic, comprehensive approach to entrepreneurship and economic development by initiating and supporting institutional, community and student development initiatives.
“Our donors recognize the importance our college plays in developing an educated workforce for the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia,” said Dr. Chuck Terrell, EWVCTC President. “We are eternally grateful for their support of our student success, faculty development and capital projects.”
Donors have the option of providing unrestricted funds to be used as resources for scholarships, incentive grants, faculty and staff professional development and special projects or designate their gift to support specific departments, programs, projects or establishing a scholarship to support specific groups of students. Foundation funds also support initiatives with EWVCTC agriculture and agribusiness programs, creative economy, as well as food and heritage for community economic development. Donors can choose between a number of ways to support the Foundation that create a better quality of life and place for the region.
To continue its mission and support of Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Foundation will host its annual Mountain Top Dinner fundraiser event on Saturday, September 7th beginning at 5 p.m.
Featuring Marion Ohlinger, a twelfth-generation West Virginian and chef-owner of Morgantown’s Hill & Hollow restaurant, the Mountain Top Dinner will include a sampling of products from regional producers and showcase the best farm-to-table offerings in the area.
Tickets, $75, are available at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eghorkaw2ae867a8&llr=xrqhq6eab.
All proceeds from the Mountain Top Dinner will benefit the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Foundation.