January 20, 2006
Piedmont Virginia Community College is celebrating a major milestone. PVCC reached out to the community for some financial generosity and tonight, they say they got it.
"This event is to really just to thank them for their support," said Barbara Kessler, who co-chaired the fundraiser.
Area residents gave more than $3 million to the college, but that's just part of a much bigger number.
"We raised over $11 million and our target goal was $10 million, she added."
That goal was planned three years ago, when the college set out to increase scholarships, create new programs, and add funding for new construction at the campus.
Barbara's husband, Jay, also co-chaired the campaign.
"We're thrilled with the ay the whole community has come out to support the college in this endeavor," he said.
Much of that support came from thinking of the community college as just that-- a part of the community.
"It was important that we also included and encouraged our extended community, or extended family beyond just this particular county," said Barbara.
Among all of the celebration tonight, the overall message is that students will benefit the most.
Dr. Frank Friedman, President of PVCC said, "We wanted to expand what we call student success programs, programs to help our students who needed special assistance with writing, with mathematics, and then ultimately with job placement."
The total amount raised surprised even the co-chairs themselves. Both said that their fundraising effort is one of the most successful for community colleges in the country.