Donations will support the Accelerating Opportunities Program via the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation
The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created by American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, today presented a check for $10,000 to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation in Lexington, Ky. The check was presented by Cheryl Norton, president of Kentucky American Water, to BCTC President/CEO Augusta A. Julian at the Leestown Campus of BCTC in Lexington.
“The American Water Charitable Foundation seeks to support our employees’ efforts to give back, through donations and volunteer efforts, to the communities we serve. Accelerating Opportunities, a Jobs for the Future program coordinated at BCTC, was selected for a grant based on what our employees felt were important needs in their communities,” Norton said. “We are proud to support BCTC’s and Jobs for the Future’s efforts to help prepare students so that they can achieve success in the workplace.”
The grant will support BCTC’s Accelerating Opportunity students with tuition and the purchase of books and classroom materials. The Accelerating Opportunity program combines basic skills in math, reading and writing with technical skills training to prepare students for high demand jobs. BCTC offers four learning pathways: Construction, Office Systems, Early Childhood, and Bridge to Biotechnology.
“We’re very grateful to receive this funding,” says JFF President and CEO Marlene B. Seltzer. “It will help support the important work Accelerating Opportunity does to help guide workers toward the credentials they need to secure family-sustaining jobs and long-lasting career opportunities.”
“BCTC students will receive significant benefit due to the generosity of the American Water Charitable Foundation and Jobs for the Future. These students are working hard to improve their workplace essential skills and to gain technical skills for good jobs. We appreciate the American Water Charitable Foundation’s support to provide this grant. This is a win for both our students and the regional workforce the students will soon join,” said President Julian.
The donation to the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation is one of five, one-time grants recently awarded by the American Water Charitable Foundation to select organizations in the company’s service areas. In a recent survey, American Water employees ranked veterans, youth, community, environment and health/welfare as the most important types of services supported by nonprofit organizations. Potential grantee organizations were then selected in each of these categories on a competitive basis according to criteria established by the foundation’s Employee Advisory Committee.
Established in 2010 with a founding contribution from American Water, the American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofit endeavors.
Bluegrass Community & Technical College offers accredited certificate, diploma and degree opportunities designed to improve employment opportunities and maximize success in education and training. For more information about the college and its programs, visit BCTC's Home Page.
Jobs for the Future works with its partners to design and drive the adoption of education and career pathways leading from college readiness to career advancement for those struggling to succeed in today’s economy. JFF manages Accelerating Opportunity, which seeks to fundamentally change how Adult Basic Education is delivered and ensures that participating states’ policies encourage dramatically improved student outcomes in terms of completing credentials of value in the labor market.