Funding Pathways - Fall 2018
Dear Friends of the Educational Foundation,
Once again, Howard Community College had a record-breaking year with 1,365 candidates for graduation. Hundreds of those students were able to walk across the stage on May 22, 2018, because of the financial support they received from donors like you. Anya, who was this year's student speaker, is one of them. She credits the scholarships she received through the Career Links program at HCC with helping to meet her goal of earning a degree in diagnostic medical sonography.
Looking ahead this fall, the renovation of the Academic Commons (former ST building) continues, and when complete it will provide a new home for the college's culinary and hospitality programs, along with social sciences, criminal justice, teacher education, and honors programs. Naming opportunities are available on campus. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.
I hope to see you on October 14 for the annual HCC 5K Challenge Race. Get in shape while meeting new people representing a variety of businesses and organizations. Sponsorships are still available.
Thank you for your continued support. Your involvement is critical as the college continues to serve students.
Joe Roetering, Havtech
For Havtech, giving to Howard Community College is as much a strategic decision as it is philanthropic. "As our partnership deepened, we learned just how much HCC has to offer us as an employer in Howard County," says Joe Roetering, president. "We see the value of the college and how it helps people prepare to potentially work for us or one of our partners or customers in the mechanical design and construction industry."
After naming a space in the SET building, Havtech steadily increased their giving each year and in 2018 became the presenting sponsor of the HCC 5K Challenge Race. When asked about sponsoring the event, Roetering said, "Our employees really enjoy the race and we get to network with a lot of people in our community, many of whom we work with in some fashion. Plus, it fits our company's focus on wellness."
And, they plan to continue to support the college into the future. Read the full story to find out why.
Mary Cannon, Chair, HCC Educational Foundation Board
Living and working in Howard County, Mary Cannon wanted her philanthropic efforts to have a substantial impact on the community. She found the ideal partner in Howard Community College. "Employers use the college for training purposes, residents go for workforce preparation, and almost 25 percent of recent Howard County graduates attend HCC-including my son."
Cannon cites the student and donor luncheon as one of her favorite events each year. The scholarship recipients' stories of their educational journeys-and their gratitude-drive home the value of each donation.
Read more about Mary Cannon's commitment to the HCC Educational Foundation Board.
HCC Is Buzzing with Excitement
What's the latest buzz at Howard Community College? It's a new bee hive the college recently started as part of its culinary program. This new hive was made possible by the Honeybee Conservancy/Anthophilous, which awarded HCC a Sponsor-a-Hive grant.
The grant includes: one beekeeping beginner kit, including bee supplies, tools and books; one queen bee and her court; one package of bees; and one beekeeping suit. This collaborative initiative at the college will eventually help pollinate a community vegetable garden planned for HCC.