NEW BRITAIN - To assist efforts to empower children in middle and high school, TD Bank presented a $20,000 check to the Central Connecticut State University Foundation on Monday to support the 2019 Young Engineers program and University Center program.
Christopher Galligan, CCSU’s vice president of Institutional Advancement, accepted the check at the Institute of Technology and Business Development along with Richard C. Mullins, Jr., director of the ITBD, and faculty engaged in the Young Engineers program including Ravindra Thamma, Dan Kirby Andres Sovero and Thomas Menditto.
This summer will be the ninth season of the program serving middle school and high school students in New Britain and its surrounding communities.
This is the third year of funding from TD Bank.
Michael LaBella, TD Bank’s market president for Connecticut, said that when the bank started to donate for the young engineers program, it did it to support the children. Now that LaBella is aware of the growth of the program, he said he has realized it not only helps the students, but also the business community and higher education in general.
“It’s something for what we really saw a need in the community, a need for our customers and a need for the students,” LaBella said. “We really looked at more of the opportunity for the kids and then as we saw it develop, then we saw from our customers the need and that really fueled it. Now we see both the opportunity of the kid to get into college but also to stay in the area because the key in Connecticut is making sure we keep our talent here. We also train them with real companies that come in and give them the opportunity to work there to use their education, develop and start their careers in STEM.”
“It’s a big deal for these kids to come out to campus and go through this program to see what potentially lies ahead for them in going to college,” John Cookley, regional vice president of TD Bank, said. “A lot of them are families that never went to college or never had the opportunity so we are happy to sponsor and kind of awaken their potential.”
Young Engineers is a supplemental program of CCSU ITBD, the School of Engineering, Science and Technology and it is connected with the New Britain Boys & Girls Club, which serves students in the New Britain Consolidated School District.
TRiO is the major federal program serving New Britain youth. Many of the students in the Consolidated School District of New Britain are students of TRiO too.
CCSU ITBD and the School of Engineering, Science & Technology faculty instruct tutoring and other services of TRiO program.
“I’m happy to report that after having this program for nine years we are now in the process of evolving this at the high school level to earn up to six academic credits this summer in the program on campus,” Mullins said. “Your funding is going to continue to support the pipeline of middle school students and engaging them in rising seventh grade, rising eighth grade and rising ninth grade. Then at the 10th grade level, we’ll pick up the academic credits in the summer and therefore hopefully inspire young people to think of coming to CCSU, enroll them in college and so forth.”
These programs have the goal of offering students with academic assistance and support, college preparation and exposure, career development, cultural enrichment and more. The programs help students expand their knowledge and grow personally through career exploration activities that will enable them to succeed beyond high school.
To learn more about these programs visit www.ccsu.edu/trio/ or call Sovero, director of TRiO Programs at 860-832-2226.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.