Cleveland State Community College Foundation Surpasses Annual Goals For Fundraising

Monday, August 12, 2013
Workforce Development Director Rick Creasy and CSCC Foundation Director J. Adam Lowe collaborate on the use of the Workforce Development Fund for the program OneSource.
Workforce Development Director Rick Creasy and CSCC Foundation Director J. Adam Lowe collaborate on the use of the Workforce Development Fund for the program OneSource.

The 2012-2013 campaign year for the Cleveland State Community College Foundation ended on several high notes.

“We had a great year on both fronts,” said J. Adam Lowe, the executive director of the Foundation. “We averaged over 10% in growth with our market investments and, thanks to our faithful donors, we raised over $365,000 toward scholarships and projects.” 

Mr. Lowe said that such growth could not have come at a better time. Tuition continues to rise for community college students, and unemployment in the surrounding area has been hovering around 8% for some time. The CSCC Foundation has responded by finding ways to subsidize tuition and job-readiness training. 

“This past year, we helped over 200 students with close to a quarter of a million dollars in tuition assistance,” said Mr. Lowe.  “All the while, we were able to raise more than $100,000 to launch OneSource, a workforce readiness and assessment center that stands to help the unemployed develop to become job-ready.”

Support for the Workforce Development Fund has been made possible in part due to contributions from the Tucker Foundation and the Bank of Cleveland. Since securing private funding, Mr. Lowe said he has leveraged it toward securing as much as $1.2 million in state funds. 

“It’s a testimony to how private support can do something transformative and lead public dollars in the right direction,” Mr. Lowe said of the pending state investments in workforce readiness.  “We are proud to be pioneers in that arena.” 

Workforce Development Director Rick Creasy said that OneSource is off to a great start. “We have been working with our area employers in assessing employee potential,” stated Creasy. “We feel that our efforts in workforce readiness bridge the gap and will positively impact employment in our service area.” 

As for the Foundation, Mr. Lowe said that the student and campus needs are ever present. He said, “For the coming campaign year, we will maintain our focus of providing educational and professional opportunities for our students. Recent gifts such as the Miller Family Math Lab endowment, will be helping bring recent graduates up to college readiness.  Developments like this make attending college possible for so many.”


Augustine Named Recipient Of Lee’s Excellence In Scholarship Award

Dr. Daniela C. Augustine, associate professor of theological ethics, has been named as the recipient of Lee University’s 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award. The winner of this award is chosen each year by the Faculty Committee on Research and Scholarship. Lee President Dr. Paul Conn officially recognized Dr. Augustine for this award during spring commencement earlier this ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State's Nursing And Allied Health Division Offers Summer Information Sessions

The Nursing and Allied Health Division at Chattanooga State offers monthly information sessions for students interested in the health care professions. The sessions are held at the main campus; some sessions are required for program admittance while others are strongly encouraged. Please visit the Nursing and Allied Health website at www.chattanoogastate.edu/nursing-allied-health ... (click for more)

Jury Chosen For Hawk Murder Trial

Twelve jurors and two alternates have been chosen for the trial of Billy Hawk.  Hawk is charged with a cold case murder from 1981 involving victim Johnny Mack Salyer, who was found in a locked steel drum in the Tennessee River. At the time of the murder, Salyer and Hawk were co-defendants in a cocaine distribution case.  Seventy-two jurors appeared for jury duty ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Honors Military Veterans

A Memorial Day service was held at the National Cemetery on Monday. (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo - And Response (2)

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Amputee Team Wins Relay

As a news junkie there isn’t a lot that gets past me in my morning reading, yet I had no idea there was a relay race in Chattanooga two weekends ago. Maybe that’s why 1,500 people ran away and never came back – the finish line was in Nashville. How the Ragnar Relays work is pretty simple. The organizers pick two cities that are about 200 miles apart and then 12-to-14 runners ... (click for more)