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Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation from FirstEnergy Corp

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Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation from FirstEnergy Corp

On Monday, July 30th, Jim Sears, President, Maryland Operations for FirstEnergy Corp. and Thomas Butcher, External Affairs Manager for FirstEnergy subsidiary Potomac Edison Eastern West Virginia FirstEnergy Corp., surprised the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, with an unsolicited grant of $10,000 as part of its “Christmas in July” FirstEnergy Foundation campaign; a new giving initiative designed to support deserving community organizations.

“The FirstEnergy Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the economic viability of the communities where we live and work,” said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation.  “We’re very pleased to assist Blue Ridge CTC to build and promote programs that help develop a stronger workforce.”

The funds received will be used to continue to establish scholarships for students pursuing a degree at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

“The Blue Ridge CTC Foundation is honored to receive this surprise “Christmas in July” gift,” said Anne Myers, Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Director. “The need for donor support is greater than ever.  With the tremendous opportunities in STEM based occupational training for area students, the “Christmas in July” gift from the FirstEnergy Foundation will have a big impact on our students.  We sincerely thank the FirstEnergy Foundation for supporting Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and its students.”

(Attached and Pictured: Jim Sears, President, Maryland Operations for FirstEnergy Corp., Dr. Peter Checkovich, Blue Ridge CTC Founding President, Anne Myers, Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Director, Dr. Ann Shipway, Blue Ridge CTC Vice President of Workforce and Engineering Technology, and Thomas Butcher, First Energy External Affairs Manager)

The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, established March 2012, is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Every dollar raised assists students attending or planning to attend Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, provides funds for the facility, and enhances curriculum. One of the most critical needs at this time is to provide scholarships to a diverse population of students. All contributions toward this campaign are tax deductible and assist the Foundation in providing funding to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College community in the form of scholarships and other programs.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Foundation, or to contribute, contact Anne Myers: 304.260.4380 extension 2410. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information. www.blueridgectc.edu/foundation

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training.  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is conveniently located on Route 45 West past the Commons Center, at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. For more information on Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, please call 304-260-4380 or visit our website at www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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