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What Happens to
a Dream Empowered?

Bleak options are a reality for many in our community. But what happens when dreams are not deferred, but empowered? How would it improve lives and transform communities? The bright student from the tough neighborhood whose dream of a career in medicine is made possible by a generous donor. The successful entrepreneur who dreams of making a lasting impact in the community she loves.
The business owner who finds the skilled employee he needs, a graduate of the very program his company helps fund. This year, we celebrate the difference it makes when people are empowered to achieve their dreams—and the difference it makes when they empower others to achieve their own.

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What Happens to a Dream Empowered


What Happens to a Dream Empowered

Possibilities replace barriers.

“Thank you for believing in the Monroe Community College Foundation. Together, we have empowered MCC students to overcome financial challenges that may have seemed like insurmountable barriers to a college education. The sincere gratitude we receive from students and families confirms the importance of keeping an MCC education accessible. Your support creates possibilities and a stronger community for us all to enjoy.”

Daniel J. Burns
regional president, M&T Bank
chair, MCC Foundation Board of Directors

Priorities rise to the top.

“My family funded the first scholarship ever given to an MCC student. We continue to invest in MCC because of the quality programs the college offers and the preparedness of its graduates. The obvious return on our investment has inspired us to continue to make MCC a priority in our giving. We are proud of what we have accomplished in partnership with MCC.”

Jeremy J. Wolk
partner, Nixon Peabody LLC
chair-elect, MCC Foundation Board of Directors

College becomes an option.

“At Commencement in May, Timothy Wentworth ’80 shared how a scholarship to MCC made college an unexpected option for him. He told the graduates how, with a college education, ‘There is nothing you can’t do’ and he made them repeat the phrase several times. It was a powerful moment. When a student receives an MCC Foundation scholarship, they seize the opportunity and are motivated by your generosity. The honor of working with you to turn your philanthropic gifts into scholarship awards is ours. The gratitude of our students belongs to you.” 

Diane L. Shoger
executive director, MCC Foundation

Career pathways are formed.

“Effective learning environments are key to student achievement. Your support of the MCC Foundation helps create access to high-impact learning experiences that go beyond classrooms into labs that reflect actual work environments and employer settings where skills are practiced. Because of you, students graduate and connect their higher education to career success. Thank you for believing in MCC and investing in our students. Your vision and generosity are changing lives and building a stronger community.” 

Anne M. Kress
president, Monroe Community College

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Every Bright Future Needs a Strong Foundation


Every Bright Future Needs a Strong Foundation

At a time when most available, good-paying jobs require a two-year degree or certificate, a college credential is no longer a career enhancement. It’s a necessity.

Through its Every Bright Future Needs a Strong Foundation initiative, the Monroe Community College Foundation works to ensure deserving students receive the scholarship support they need to complete their educational goals at MCC. Because 90 percent of MCC career program graduates who are employed full time remain in Greater Rochester, the initiative also ensures that MCC remains a force behind our region’s economic stability and workforce development.

MCC scholarships are a wise investment—keeping students on track for success and ensuring that our brightest graduates reach their potential here at home.

Award recipients Diane Shoger and Jim Moore pose with CASE President Sue Cunningham and Commonfund Institute Managing Director Bill Jarvis.

Award recipients Diane Shoger and Jim Moore pose with CASE President Sue Cunningham and Commonfund Institute Managing Director Bill Jarvis.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award: Diane Shoger

In February 2015, MCC Foundation Executive Director Diane Shoger was one of two national recipients of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award. This prestigious award recognizes professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of their foundations and the sector nationally. Shoger is only the sixth recipient in the award’s history who represents a community college foundation.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Genesee Valley Chapter National Philanthropy Day Awards

In November 2014, the following Foundation supporters were recognized locally for their volunteerism and philanthropy:

•    Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award: Mark Siwiec 

•    Outstanding Foundation Award: The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation

The MCC Foundation’s agency of record, Dixon Schwabl, “made things happen” for the MCC Foundation in 2014-2015. Their creative concepts attracted guests to record-breaking special events and earned several awards along the way.

•    Rochester Advertising Federation American Advertising Award—Silver: 2014 Monroe Community College Foundation Gold Star Gala Invitation and Campaign (two awards)

•    Public Relations Society of America—Rochester Chapter PRism Award: 2013-2014 Monroe Community College Foundation Annual Report 

•    State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD)—Electronic Communications and Interactive Media Best of Category: 2013-2014 Monroe Community College Foundation Annual Report


Scholars Welcome Wentworths Back to MCC

In March, MCC students met with alumni Robin ’80 and Timothy ’80 Wentworth and their daughter, Elizabeth. The students shared how the Wentworth Family Scholarship made attending MCC, as well as their educational and career goals, possible. The visit concluded with vocal and instrumental performances by music students and Wentworth Scholars. Robin and Tim told the students, “This is MCC: Diverse students who are focused and setting goals. You validate why we want to stay involved here. ... Thank you for letting us help you.”

ESL Charitable Foundation, Inc. Presents Nicholas Kristof

In April, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Nicholas Kristof came to MCC and shared his firsthand accounts of the world’s most pressing social problems and the people who are creating solutions to make the world a better place. Presented by ESL Charitable Foundation, Inc. his lecture was the culmination of the college’s seventh annual Scholars’ Day, a showcase of student and faculty research. Thirty-eight top student presenters received scholarships prior to Kristof’s keynote presentation, thanks to ESL Charitable Foundation, Inc. Barbara and John Lovenheim, Howard Konar and Canandaigua National Bank & Trust.

JPMorgan Chase Helps MCC Address Skill Gaps 

In June, JPMorgan Chase leaders presented a $320,000 grant to the MCC Foundation to create a middle-skill bridge program and expand accelerated certificate programs at MCC. The grant will help increase the pool of qualified workers available to employers in high-demand, middle-skill workforce clusters, such as advanced manufacturing, where skill gaps exist within the Finger Lakes economy. It will also enable MCC to bolster its labor market intelligence efforts and conduct a more holistic assessment of the region’s workforce climate.

The grant is part of the JPMorgan Chase New Skills at Work initiative, a $250 million commitment to address skill gaps in communities around the world.

Carballadas Motivate City Youngsters to Graduate

In June, 20 kindergarten students and their families at Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29 learned that Carlos and Virginia Carballada established a scholarship to MCC that is available to them after they graduate from high school. The Carballada Endowed Scholarship Fund for Rochester City Students honors their daughter Michele Carballada’s 12-year teaching career with the Rochester City School District. This is the second year the Carballadas came to the school to announce the scholarship and helped families put their children on the path to college.