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August 9, 2002

CW extends educational partnership with TNCC

Colonial Williamsburg has made a $250,000 commitment to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) over a multi-year period for educational assistance that will help Colonial Williamsburg employees in furthering their education through TNCC. The commitment extends an agreement between the foundation and the college that began in 2000 and now will run through 2006.

“Colonial Williamsburg’s partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College supports the educational missions of both institutions,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and chairman of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “This extended program will continue to encourage educational, professional and personal enrichment for Colonial Williamsburg employees, benefiting them and their families as well as the foundation and the region. It also is an expression of confidence in the community college concept and in TNCC as a vital educational resource.”

“This generous pledge of $250,000 to the Thomas Nelson Community College Major Gifts Campaign, ‘Investing for Tomorrow…Today,’ signals Colonial Williamsburg’s strong commitment to provide quality educational opportunities for everyone in our community,” said Dr. Shirley R. Pippins, president of Thomas Nelson Community College. “Your gift sends a strong message to the greater Williamsburg community about the value the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation places on Thomas Nelson Community College and on our mutual efforts to provide a comprehensive and enduring education to our students.”

The partnership provides an opportunity for Colonial Williamsburg employees to continue their education by taking college courses that would qualify them for an associate’s degree within four years. Classes are taught by Thomas Nelson Community College faculty and are held on-site at Colonial Williamsburg’s Bruton Heights School Education Center, paid for by the foundation through Colonial Williamsburg’s educational assistance program.

Employees also have the opportunity to take GED preparation courses and participate in work/school readiness programs.

Since the partnership began in Spring 2000, 112 students have attended at least one class. The first class of Colonial Williamsburg employees, more than a dozen students, will graduate with TNCC’s Class of 2004.

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