Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, LG-TEK
Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman understands first-hand the financial struggles many families face when considering a college education. Her family could not afford to pay for college, so with limited options, Rendón-Sherman decided to join the army. Now, as Chief Executive Officer of LG-TEK, Rendón-Sherman wants to help other young people afford college, especially those pursuing degrees in cybersecurity or information technology.
“I give so that others have options,” Rendón-Sherman says of her recent joint gift with LG-TEK “HCC is a wonderful institution where students have so many opportunities for a bright future.” With their gift, Rendón-Sherman and LG-TEK will receive naming rights for the cybersecurity lab in the Science, Engineering, and Technology Building, opening in 2017. Because the design, construction and equipment for the building is fully funded by the State of Maryland and Howard County, all gifts towards named spaces go directly to scholarships for students.
Rendón-Sherman has been supporting Howard Community College for a long time. She is a former member of the Howard Community College Educational Foundation Board, and LG-TEK has also given to HCC. “LG-TEK gives to education because we believe it is important to help a person develop. In addition, education helps increase the size of the workforce,” states Rendón-Sherman. “This is our opportunity to give back and develop workers for careers.”
The college has recently seen a significant increase in students enrolling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. With the nation facing a critical workforce shortage in these career fields, the new SET building means HCC can respond to the need for trained cyber and STEM professionals. With the support of donors like Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman and LG-TEK, the HCCEF is ensuring that all students have the opportunity to pursue the education they need to join this growing workforce.