CVTC Magazine - Fall 2017

CVTC grateful for support from CVTC Foundation, Inc.

Q: For the past year, CVTC Foundation, Inc. has been celebrating its 40th anniversary. What is the relationship between the College and the Foundation? A: CVTC Foundation, Inc., was initially formed by a group of college employees and community members who were interested in supporting students through scholarships and supporting the College’s goals. The Foundation is a separate organization from the College, with its own set of bylaws and board of directors, and the Foundation mission is to enhance the vision and mission of CVTC. The Foundation board works closely with College leadership to align the Foundation strategic plan with the College’s strategic plan. Having a strong Foundation, as we do at CVTC, is important for a college to accomplish its goals and maintain strong ties to the community. Q: In what ways does the Foundation support the College? A: The Foundation directly benefits CVTC students by securing resources to provide student scholarships, as well as for the student emergency fund to help students get over a financial crisis that might otherwise lead them to leave school. The college as a whole has benefitted tremendously from Foundation support of efforts to improve or build new facilities and invest in new technology and equipment by contributing more than $7.6 million to CVTC during the past 10 years. The Foundation also helps support staff professional development initiatives.

Q: What are some current projects in which the Foundation’s support is important? A: The Foundation has been instrumental in helping the College launch its new Culinary Management program, scheduled to start next fall. Work to get the program going is already well underway, including a major remodeling project at our Business Education Center supported by Foundation fundraising efforts. The Culinary Management program will need state-of-the-art kitchen equipment, which Foundation funds will help purchase. We also have a building addition project scheduled to begin at our River Falls Campus in the spring, with the Foundation actively raising funds to support it. That project will enhance our programs that serve the western side of the CVTC district. A: Sometimes people and organizations in the community want to help CVTC in specific ways, and the Foundation provides the avenue for philanthropic endeavors. A good example of this is capital campaign that provided $3.5 million to support the construction of the Energy Education Center. An example this year is a grant from 3M to the CVTC Foundation aimed at building career pathways in manufacturing through partnerships with area school districts, which can help build a base of trained workers for 3M and other manufacturing companies. The grant enables us to purchase manufacturing equipment to be used in the high schools, and to offer professional development workshops for teachers in those schools. Q: How does the Foundation help CVTC stay connected to the community?

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