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Foundation gives more than $200K to HACC campuses

Jessica Schladebeck
505-5438/@JessDispatch

More than $200,000 has been given to Harrisburg Area Community College, and the largest portion of those funds has been allocated to a construction project on the York campus.

Work is underway at the student commons space at HACC York

The HACC Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1985, is dedicated to supporting the community college financially through partnerships with the community and donor outreach. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the organization connected with nearly 1,000 donors — a group that includes individuals, businesses and other organizations — who have contributed more than $2 million to the foundation's cause, according to a press release.

The foundation recently announced a $208,987 donation to round out the year, and the funds will be distributed to different programs and projects at HACC's many campuses across central Pennsylvania.

HACC York's construction project at the Governor George Leader Building will benefit from $75,000 of the foundation's donation.

Construction on the Leader Student Commons project began late this summer and is expected to be complete and open to students by the end of January. The facility will feature a student lounge and study space as well as a cafeteria and dining area. The new student area will also boast a Subway, and the restaurant through it's partnership with the college will be donating kitchen equipment to the new facility.

The campus in June welcomed the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union to the campus, and the new center will also feature an ATM as well as a PSECU electronic service center, which will be staffed by student workers.

The foundation is also donating upwards of $10,000 to purchase video content for communications courses, which highlight careers in journalism for all of the HACC campuses.

An additional $13,000 or so will be put toward identifying college-wide improvements for individuals with disabilities and areas that need to be brought into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The remaining funds have been given to the Harrisburg campus to improve their technology in a variety of programs, including the Science/Criminal Justice and Surgical programs, and to the Lancaster Campus for its Innovation Lab.

“Serving the Central Pennsylvania community is what we do," said Linnie Carter, vice president of college advancement at HACC and executive director of the foundation. "Ensuring our students have access to the latest and greatest is what we do. Transforming HACC from good to great is a shared responsibility. Our generous donors understand all of this.”

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.