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Henderson Community College has embarked on a $1.25 million fundraising drive that, if successful, will yield a total of $5 million for a number of badly-needed campus improvements. The $1.25 million in local funds would be matched by $3.75 million in state funding through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. To date, $331,949 has been pledged to the fund-raising campaign.

The "BuildSmart" initiative by HCC "will make an enormous difference to our students, faculty and staff through important safety, technology and infrastructure improvements," said Dr. Kris Williams, HCC president. "Your community college will be ready for its next 50 years."

In particular, the college's popular nursing program "and its students will benefit from the new classroom and study space to support high certification and industry standards," noted Debbie Whitaker, HCC's Director of Nursing.

Among targeted improvements to the HCC campus are infrastructure upgrades, classroom enhancements and safety initiatives across campus, including renovations to the Library and Fine Arts Center. The scope of the improvements would expand the college's role as an economic development partner, serving a range of businesses and industries with skilled workers, expanding the economy, and helping to improve the quality of life for students and their families. With more education, students earn more, thereby putting more tax dollars back into the economy. Moreover, HCC contributes to the economy as well, through payroll and purchasing power.

Fund drive co-chairperson Heather McCormick sees the fundraising drive as "a golden opportunity" to make necessary improvements to the HCC campus and, in the process, enhance the learning environment. Co-chairperson Ron Jenkins, whose late wife Judy was a graduate of HCC's predecessor, University of Kentucky's Northwest Center, agrees, pointing out HCC's reach into neighboring counties Union and Webster. "We can't let this opportunity pass us by," he said.

The $1.25 million fundraising goal must be secured by December 15, 2015. Naming opportunities are available for spaces on campus.

For more information or to make a gift, interested parties should contact Chief Advancement Officer Jennifer Preston at 270-831-9805 ( or Dr. Williams at 20-831-9626 (