SCC Launches Building the Dream Capital CampaignWritten by Theresa Rose on May 20, 2015
West Burlington, IA – Southeastern Community College recently launched a capital campaign to support its Building the Dream campus expansion and renovation project. The campaign aims to raise $12 million to fund the project.
Building the Dream consists of three separate building projects to be located on SCC’s West Burlington and Keokuk campuses. The Health Professions Center and the Hall of Sciences will be located in West Burlington, and the Industrial Technologies Training Center will be located in Keokuk.
SCC’s President, Dr. Michael Ash, says that the College has secured funding pledges of over 60% of the campaign goal to-date. “We’re very excited about the campaign’s progress. Already a number of donors have made significant dollar commitments for the projects, with many more in the works.”
Building the Dream is the largest, most comprehensive infrastructure investment undertaken by SCC in over 20 years, with an estimated total project cost of $27 million.
“We’re leveraging monies raised by this capital campaign with SCC’s bonded levy renewal from 2013. This allows us to tackle larger projects without having to lean so heavily on individual taxpayers. It’s really a win-win,” Ash continues.
To assist in the fundraising endeavor, SCC officials have recruited a long list of volunteers from across Southeast Iowa. Leading the charge are two alumni, Honorary Campaign Chair Randy Winegard, of Winegard Company, and Campaign Chair Mike Shinn, MidWest One Bank Market President, of Burlington.
Ash states, “We are so fortunate to have Randy and Mike lead the charge. Having them at the helm will ensure solid leadership and support from the communities we serve.”
“Raising $12 million is no small feat,” says SCC’s Executive Director of Advancement Becky Rump.
“It takes serious know-how and commitment from a lot of people. Practically everyone we’ve asked to help has said yes. It’s been a humbling experience to see how many passionate supporters have heeded our call.”
Shinn, a SCC graduate, stresses how important an educational institution like SCC is for the region.
“Like a lot of people in the area, I earned my associate’s degree from SCC. It helped me keep my college costs down. There are a lot of students out there like me who need the opportunity that SCC provides.”
Shin explains that the committee has hit the ground running and he expects a successful campaign.
“We’ve already raised over $7 million in our first round of fundraising. Now as we reach out to more people, I know that we’ll find a lot of support for the initiative. People understand the value of SCC and the large part it plays in the well-being of our region.”
Campaign volunteers come from across the region with representatives from a number of communities and industries.
“SCC is an asset to everyone in the region. It serves our residents, businesses and communities. It’s very energizing to me that the campaign leadership reflect the same diversity.”
In all, the campaign committee will involve 25 volunteer division leaders. Each leader will build a team, with the total roster nearing 100 volunteers.
“This is a group of hard-working and dedicated people. Even though they’ve already got busy lives, they’ve agreed to commit to the campaign as well as meet with prospective investors throughout 2015,” says Shinn.
For information about the Building the Dream campaign, contact campaign Becky Rump at 319-208-5065 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For campaign updates, project details and videos of our progress, visit www.scciowa.edu/buildingthedream.