By providing scholarships and programs necessary to prepare individuals for tomorrow’s workforce, North Central State College students and community members have benefited from its services for 50 years.
In today’s world, attending college is extremely important. North Central State College Foundation’s mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities for students by securing financial and community support.
“Unfortunately college is an expense many students cannot afford,” said Randy Blakenship, North Central State Foundation Major Gift Officer. “Our job at NCSC is to find ways to reduce that burden. We live out our mission by providing scholarships for students, funding for state of the art equipment that will replicate the workplace, and engagement of our community partners in preparing our students for roles in the area.”
Many of the attendees of NCSC are first generation students, and many struggle with being able to pay for their education. The NCSC Foundation offers scholarships for students who need financial assistance. With the help of donors across the community, NCSC Foundation provided $256,616 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year.
NCSC Foundation is very grateful for partners like Dr. Don Dewald who established and supports the Dewald Community Scholarship. Recipients must meet specific criteria and must have been a participant at The Dewald Community Center for a minimum of three years. This past year NCSC student, Dustin Moore, received this scholarship. Dustin shared that the gift will ‘ensure I can continue my education and join the workforce,’” said Blakenship.
The funds generated through this year’s Richland Gives fundraiser will be used for scholarships that benefit our students and community. NCSC proactively works as a catalyst to build new and emerging programs needed to prepare tomorrow’s workforce including engineering, business, nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology, physical therapy assistant, cyber security, criminal justice and accounting.
Employers can recruit individuals that have earned short-term certificates or completed workforce training programs. Students can also select career focused educational pathways and receive career coaching.
The college is also offering its first Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Technology, one of only a few community colleges across the state to have a four-year degree.
Those who donate to the NCSC Foundation are impacting current and future generations of students.
“With the support of our donors, the Foundation is prepared to invest in people, systems and infrastructure that drive growth in workforce development and financial viability of the community.”
To establish an endowed or annual scholarship fund to benefit North Central State College students, please call the College Foundation’s Executive Director, Chris Copper at 419-755-4753 or Randy Blankenship at 419-755-4767.