Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation received its single largest donation in the college’s history this week. United Bank Foundation Connecticut committed $100,000 to be used for the college’s Academic Skills Center. United Bank has committed $25,000 each year for the next four years to the college. Funds will be used to relocate and improve the college’s tutoring space. Funds will also be allocated toward financing the center’s tutors.
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 will be located within the confines of Asnuntuck’s library. Funding from the United Bank Foundation Connecticut will be used to renovate and upgrade space for the Academic Skills Center, will help extend the hours, enable additional equipment to be purchased and be used to contract additional tutors.
Officials from The Connecticut State College and University (CSCU) System, Asnuntuck Community College and Foundation and United Bank gathered at the Enfield campus for the check presentation. It was last fall that representatives from United Bank toured the college and learned about how various ways they could partner with the college. President Lombella told those gathered, “I was impressed with their interest in helping our citizens with education and their focus on literacy and quality of living in our regions.” He continued, “As many higher education institutions across our nation face financial challenges it is even more important now, than ever before that we forge relationships with our communities and business partners.” He added, “I would like to thank United Bank for their gift of $100,000 to our Asnuntuck Community College Foundation.”
United Bank CEO William H.W. Crawford, IV spoke of United Bank’s longstanding legacy of business in Connecticut dating back to 1858. He commented on the importance of being thoughtful of educational opportunities and how the Bank’s Foundation is pleased to be able to support Asnuntuck during this time of growth.
“For more than four decades, Asnuntuck Community College has been a key driver in the quality of life that so many families and businesses enjoy in Northcentral Connecticut. To see their dream of expanding and transforming their college campus finally become a reality is a celebrated announcement for so many of us in the community, including the United Bank team,” said William H.W. Crawford, IV, CEO of United Bank and United Financial Bancorp, Inc. “That is why we are proud to award this $100,000 grant to Asnuntuck and be a key partner as they enhance the academic learning environment and create a first-rate campus setting that will be so attractive to students, faculty, alumni and the entire Northcentral Connecticut community. We’ve seen the ‘before’ when it comes to the Asnuntuck campus, now we can’t wait to see what it will look like ‘after’ the expansion is complete.”
CSCU President Mark Ojakian addressed the group and said, “I want to thank United Bank for making an investment in our students and in Connecticut’s future.”
Asnuntuck Community College Foundation Chairperson Stuart Rosenberg stressed the importance of having business partnerships. “They provide opportunities to build a new future.” ACC student Susan Longo gave testimony on how beneficial the Skills Center is to all students. President of the college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Longo said that even she found the need to spend time and take advantage of the support services available at the center. She said she used it every week and it helped her gain confidence in the classroom. She told United Bank, “Your support is key to our students’ success.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals wanting to donate can visit www.asnuntuck.edu/donate.