TVCC CTE Center receives grant to help fund new equipment

Treasure Valley Community College received a critical boost in the college’s ability to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for its newest building, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation.

The grant was awarded to the TVCC Foundation and will help equip TVCC’s remodeled and expanded Career & Technical Education Center with new technology for virtual and in-person instructional needs.

The Sunderland Foundation was also a significant contributor to TVCC’s Science Center.

“We are honored and excited that the Sunderland Foundation continues to invest in our growth,” said TVCC president Dr. Dana M. Young. “This grant is a significant step in our ability to equip this new building with the resources needed to engage and teach students in our new CTE Center.”

The additional dollars TVCC received will also fund virtual classroom technology to be installed in a community learning space which will be available for trainings by local industry partners.

“We want this CTE Center to not only benefit TVCC students, but to also be used to provide learning and enrichment opportunities for area high schools, youth ag programs, local businesses, and the community,” President Young added. “This gift has given us the momentum we need to achieve our goal."

Based in Kansas City, The Sunderland Foundation has spent more than 60 years investing primarily in the brick-and-mortar efforts of nonprofit organizations, including building construction, renovation, repairs and restoration. The Sunderland Foundation strives to support communities, families, and youth through capital and special projects that allow nonprofits to fulfill their missions. Locally, the Sunderland Foundation is affiliated with Ash Grove Cement Company. Ash Grove Plant Manager Terry Kerby was significant in helping the TVCC Foundation obtain this grant.

“The Sunderland Foundation has been a big supporter of TVCC. They made a generous contribution to our Science Center capital project and we are extremely grateful for their continued investment in the College and the students we serve,” said Foundation Executive Director Cathy Yasuda.

The TVCC Foundation is still working to compete fundraising for additional equipment and has submitted grant requests to other industry partners. End of year contributions to the TVCC Foundation are also welcome and can be designated to help support the purchase of the remaining equipment and technology needs.

Funding for the CTE Center project came from a $3 million Economic Development Administration grant, $2.83 million in matching funds from the State of Oregon, plus a blend of funds from private and other public resources. Late last year, because of an increase in construction costs, college officials, with the help of then-Rep. Findley were also able to secure an additional $975,000 to complete construction on the building.

TVCC’s new CTE Center will open for welding classes in January 2021, with additional classrooms set for completion in time for a grand opening in spring 2021.