Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation received its single largest donation in the college’s history earlier this year. United Bank Foundation Connecticut committed $100,000 to be used for the college’s Academic Skills Center. United Bank’s Foundation has committed $25,000 each year for the next four years to the college. A portion of the funds were used to relocate and improve the college’s tutoring space. Funds are also allocated toward financing the center’s tutors. The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new center this month.

The Skills Center is available to students free of charge. Tutors offer one-on-one and small group tutoring in a variety of subjects. The center also has twelve computers with Internet and printer connections. The new center is located within the confines of Asnuntuck’s library now known as The Learning Commons. Funding from the United Bank Foundation Connecticut was used to renovate and upgrade space for the Academic Skills Center. The donation will help extend the hours, has enabled additional technology to be purchased and will be used to contract additional tutors.

Officials from The Connecticut State College and University (CSCU) System, Asnuntuck Community College and Foundation, students, staff and faculty and United Bank, gathered at the Enfield campus for the ribbon cutting. During the ceremony United Bank’s Executive Vice President & Head of Consumer Banking, who also serves on ACC’s Foundation Board commented, “As Bill Crawford, our CEO, said when we presented the $100,000 check from the United Bank Foundation to ACC earlier this year: this new and improved Academic Skills Center will give every student who makes the most out of it the learning tools and resources they need to succeed in the classroom and be a success in life after graduation.”

He added, “What you’ve been able to do to the campus in such a short period of time is not only incredibly exciting but it speaks to the long-term vision you-President Lombella-and your team has for this campus, the students and the entire North Central Connecticut region.”

President Lombella told those gathered that through the funding the college was able to purchase 29 computers and 4 Mac stations.  He said, “Today we are delighted to have United Bank with us.” The President commented, “Last May we were delighted to receive support from United Bank. United Bank recognized the effort of the college, and the Academic Skills Center.” He added, “Through a $100,000 grant they have given Asnuntuck the ability to redesign and relocate this center to better serve our students.”

Several students spoke to the group about how important the Skills Center has been to their educational experience at Asnuntuck.

Dr. Jane Gates, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Board of Regents Connecticut State Colleges and Universities thanked United Bank’s Foundation. “Partnerships like this means an improvement in the already outstanding quality of education provided by Asnuntuck.” She continued, “It means creating an environment that provides every student with the best education possible.”

Businesses and corporations interested in learning more about how they can donate to Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation can contact Director of Institutional Advancement and Community Engagement Keith Madore at 860-253-3041 or at kmadore@asnuntuck.edu. Individuals wanting to donate can visit www.asnuntuck.edu/donate.

Asnuntuck (pronounced: As-NUN-tuck) Community College, located in Enfield, Connecticut, was established in 1972.   ACC offers associate degrees and certificate programs to prepare students for careers, transfer opportunities, and lifelong learning.  The mission of the College is to offer quality education in an accessible, affordable, and nurturing environment.

ABOUT UNITED BANK:
United Bank is a $6.5 billion, Connecticut state chartered bank headquartered in Glastonbury, Conn. with more than 50 retail banking branches as well as regional offices and loan production offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Holding Company for United Bank is United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market: "UBNK"). For more information on United Bank, please visit www.bankatunited.com.

 

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