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The Danville Area Community College Foundation announced the official kick off of the Endless Possibilities: Student and Workforce Success Campaign to raise $2 million for three areas identified by the College as vital to future student success and community workforce development initiatives. Funds raised through the campaign will be used to provide assistance for career pathways scholarships; workforce advancement and student success; and technology and equipment enhancement.


“This campaign addresses important workforce development issues that affect students, faculty, staff, and the community,” said Alice Marie Jacobs, President of Danville Area Community College.  “As a recognized leader in economic and workforce development training and initiatives in the community, Danville Area Community College is pursuing new and additional resources that will enable us to respond to the ever-changing workforce needs of this community. We are so grateful for the support that is given to the College”


The need for scholarship dollars is far greater than current resources can meet. The DACC Foundation awarded 250 scholarships worth more than $200,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year; however, nearly 150 deserving applicants did not receive scholarships due to a lack of funding.


During the 2009-2010 academic year, DACC served nearly 3,000 students – incumbent workers from almost 40 local businesses -- through customized/contract training. Those companies included Alcoa, Bunge, ConAgra, Envirox, Fiberteq, Genpact, KIK, Mervis Industries, Thyssen Krupp Crankshaft  and Presta, and Viscofan. 


Also during the 2009-2010 academic year, DACC served over 400 high school students in career and technical education through the College Express program, a vocational cooperative partnership with area high school districts which allows students to receive both high school and college credits. The College served an additional 400 high school students through traditional dual enrollment courses in baccalaureate oriented curricula.  Dual enrollment programs saved local families more than $500,000 in college expenses during a recent academic year.


The Endless Possibilities: Student and Workforce Success Campaign addresses the shortage in funding for student scholarships, workforce development intiatives, and technology innovations and seeks to meet the need.


The goal was announced Thursday at a Kick Off event attended by Foundation and College friends, DACC employees, Foundation Board members, and DACC Trustees. The festivities included a balloon release by children from the DACC Child Development Center and the announcement of two lead gifts to the campaign. Dr. Angelo and Alberta Anaclerio have given $125,000 for scholarships, and Frank and Sylvia Switzer have established an endowed scholarship fund and made provisions for a sizable planned gift.   Their deferred gift will also be used for scholarships. Through their gift, the Switzers become Charter Members of the Mary Miller Society.  The Mary Miller Society recognizes donors who have made provisions for planned or deferred gifts to the DACC Foundation through their estates.


Dr. George Richards, Endless Possibilities Campaign Chairman said, “The success of the Endless Possibilities Campaign will allow the College to continue moving forward in new and innovative ways to better serve its student population. Through immediate and deferred gifts to the DACC Foundation we can continue to provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to the residents of our district. I’m sure the generosity of our citizens will ensure we make our goal."


For more information, or to make your contribution to the Endless Possibilities Campaign, contact Tracy Wahlfeldt, Executive Director of the DACC Foundation, at 217-443-8843.

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