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Lakeland Bank Awards $10,000 Grant to Sussex

1/6/2022 8:35:49 AM

Three men holding a large check that reads Lakeland Bank, SCCC Foundation, ten thousand dollars.Lakeland Bank is pleased to announce it recently awarded a $10,000 Community Impact Grant to Sussex County Community College (SCCC) to help support the new Electrical Lineworker program.

“When I learned through my service on the Sussex Rural Electric Coop board of directors that SCCC was starting a new Electrical Lineworker program at the College, I nominated the program for the Lakeland Bank Community Impact Grant,” said Raymond Cordts, SVP, Business Development. “This type of local and specialized training program will help fill the void of skilled workers in this industry and provide a future pool of applicants in the community.”

“This generous donation from Lakeland Bank will be a valuable asset in the startup of the Electrical Lineworker Program at Sussex County Community College, which is an amazing collaboration between the College, Sussex Rural Electric, and Wallkill Valley High School,” said Jason Fruge, Dean of Technical Occupations, SCCC.

SCCC technical career programs and education have a direct and lasting impact on the community, its citizens, businesses, and economy – providing financial independence through quality education, promotion of well-being through a sense of accomplishment, and inclusion in the workforce. These programs support advancing an educated workforce, building confidence and esteem through professional development, team building, literacy, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and a wide variety of education initiatives.

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Technical Studies track provides recognition for work and experience while assisting individuals in their preparation for career advancement or change. The program is designed to provide skills for personal, professional, and community improvement and is highly individualized and flexible. Technical Studies credits may be earned for corporate, industrial, or military training programs and graduates are awarded the associate in applied science degree upon successful completion of the program. The Electrical Lineman program is specifically designed to meet the demand for trained Electrical Lineworkers and students will learn skills to work for utility companies, electrical contractors, telecommunications companies, and local/state agencies.

The objectives of the Technical Career program at SCCC are to:

About the Lakeland Grant Process

The purpose of the Bank’s Community Impact Grant Program is to make investments directly in eligible nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is to provide services that impact the environmental, social, physical, and/or mental well-being of the individuals, families, and communities within the Bank’s assessment areas. The program is non-competitive and with no public solicitations for applications. Prospective recipients and their programs are nominated for consideration for a grant-based upon an internal nomination process designed specifically for this program.

CAPTION: Lakeland Bank associate Ray Cordts recently met with Stan Kula, Executive Director SCCC Foundation, and Jason Fruge, Dean of Technical Occupations, to present a $10,000 grant to support the new Electrical Lineworker Program offered through the Technical Studies program.