Education

$50,000 gift means more CVCC scholarships

From left, Chattahoochee Valley Community College interim president Mark Ellard, Sabal Trail Transmission director of stakeholder outreach Andrea Grover and CVCC dean of institutional advancement and effectiveness Joree Jones pose for a photograph. Sabal Trail has agreed to give the CVCC Foundation $50,000 for scholarships.
From left, Chattahoochee Valley Community College interim president Mark Ellard, Sabal Trail Transmission director of stakeholder outreach Andrea Grover and CVCC dean of institutional advancement and effectiveness Joree Jones pose for a photograph. Sabal Trail has agreed to give the CVCC Foundation $50,000 for scholarships.

A $50,000 gift from a joint venture constructing an interstate natural gas pipeline will produce more scholarships for students at Chattahoochee Valley Community College.

Sabal Trail Transmission’s grant to the CVCC Foundation will generate 20 $500 scholarships per year for the next five years, the college announced in a news release. Students in the adult education, applied technology and public safety programs will be eligible to apply for the scholarships, starting in the spring 2017 semester.

“This is an amazing opportunity that is win-win for both organizations and an even bigger win for our community,” Joree Jones, CVCC’s dean of institutional advancement and effectiveness, said in the news release. “In essence, this grant money will help provide scholarships to students who want to learn a skill set that is in demand for our local community.”

According to its website, Sabal Trail Transmission LLC is a joint venture among Spectra Energy Corp., NextEra Energy Inc. and Duke Energy to complete a 515-mile interstate natural gas pipeline by June 2017 for Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy of Florida. The underground pipeline starts in Alabama (across Tallapoosa, Chambers, Lee and Russell counties) stretches through Georgia (across Stewart, Webster, Lee, Dougherty, Mitchell, Colquitt, Lowndes and Brooks counties) and ends in Florida (across Alachua, Hamilton, Suwannee, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Sumter, Lake, Polk, Osceola, Orange and Citrus counties).

“Sabal Trail Transmission believes in supporting institutes, colleges and universities in the local communities along the pipeline route which provide educational programs that can lead to energy infrastructure careers or aid in bolstering community vitality in the area,” Andrea Grover, director for stakeholder outreach for Sabal Trail Transmission, said in the news release.

CVCC is among 17 community or technical colleges along or near the pipeline’s route that Sabal Trail selected to benefit from its total donation of $850,000, Grover told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email Tuesday.

“We are in the process of delivering the donations, so I do not have a complete list to share at this time,” she said. “I can confirm Central Alabama Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College and Southern Union State College were recipients in Alabama. Additionally, Southern Regional Technical College, Albany Technical College, Albany State University and Darton State College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College were among those selected in Georgia.”

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