Central Community College Foundation has helped thousands of students through
scholarship awards and has seen its assets grow to a peak of over $38 million since it
was founded on March 1, 1989.
The CCC Foundation was initiated by former College President, Dr. Joseph W.
Preusser, according to Jack Crowley, founding Executive Director for the
Foundation. Crowley and Preusser both are now retired and serve as Director
Emeritus of Central Community College Foundation.
“Dr. Preusser approached me with a vision of establishing
a Foundation that would be proactive in raising funds and other forms
of support for the college,” Crowley said.
Central Community College Foundation was established
as a separate, not-for-profit corporation for the benefit of Central Community
College, which has campuses in Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings; centers in
Holdrege, Kearney and Lexington and provides educational services in communities
throughout its 25-county service area.
The College had two Foundations with combined assets of about
$100,000 when Central Community College Foundation was established according to
Crowley. In 1996, the two foundations merged into Central Community College
Foundation, which currently has 16 board members from throughout the CCC service
The wide range of talent and experience represented by the
board has played a key role in the success of the Foundation according to
Crowley and Dean Moors, current executive director. “The Foundation Board gives
generously of their time, talent, leadership and money,” Moors said.
The College plays a major role in the success of the
Foundation because people appreciate the tremendous impact Central Community
College has on the economy of central Nebraska, according to Moors. He points
out that the College’s most recent Graduate Employment Report (2015-16) shows
that 90% stayed within the college service area and 100% stayed in
Nebraska. A recently completed economic impact study shows that every dollar of
tax money invested in Central Community College returns $1.80 in benefits.
Moors said CCC’s career and technical programs proved a great
opportunity for individuals and benefit the college service area and Nebraska by
contributing a significant number of educated professionals to the
workforce.“Our students can graduate in two years or less, start their career,
make a good living for their families and be productive member of their
communities,” Moors said. “The wide range of career and technical programs
available at CCC has been a tremendous benefit for central Nebraska.”
Central Community College offers certificates, diplomas and
associate of applied science degrees in 36 career and technical areas,
including some of today’s fastest growing occupations such as heavy equipment operator, advanced manufacturing design technology, early childhood education, hospitality management and culinary arts, occupational therapy assistant, nursing, and visual communications.
Providing support for students in CCC programs is a
primary mission for the Foundation. Students have received approximately 2.7 million in
scholarships from funds raised by the Foundation, Moors said. The Foundation
awarded over $412,000 in direct scholarships either from donations or
from earnings on endowed scholarship accounts for the 2016-17 academic year.
The funds distributed rose due to the increase of donations from the year-end
appeal and the small recovery of the markets which influence the earnings on the
endowed scholarship funds.
“Scholarships provided through Central Community College
Foundation have been a tremendous benefit for our students,” College President
Dr. Greg Smith said. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of all of the people who
have served on the Foundation Board and all of the donors who have been so
generous in their support.”