BB&T now Truist Economic Growth Fund Supports Local Colleges
An extraordinary investment
The BB&T now Truist Economic Growth Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation has provided nearly $850,000 to support seven higher education institutions committed to supporting career placement opportunities for Lancaster youth.
These grants follow more than $9.1million in local investments the BB&T now Truist Economic Growth Fund has made since the fund’s inception in 2015. Economic growth fund grants are designed to bolster efforts across the community that strengthen Lancaster County’s economic growth ecosystem.
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, one of the latest beneficiaries, will receive a $110,000 grant to create Pathways to Success, a program to connect local students with a technical education so they may pursue a career in the construction industry and in other high-demand fields. As of February 2021, there were more than 120 job openings in Lancaster County for carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Building the supply of trained workers for these industries will improve individual livelihoods and support Lancaster County’s prosperity.
“At Truist our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities,” said Alex Brame, Truist Central Pennsylvania regional president. “These investments are part of ongoing efforts of The BB&T now Truist Economic Growth Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation to support initiatives and projects that foster in-demand thriving wage jobs and our higher education partners in Lancaster County.”
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Project to promote campus-wide justice and diversity initiatives and career training for first-generation college students
Supporting first-generation college students from Lancaster County
Supporting diversity initiatives and an inclusive excellence mentoring program at the Lancaster campus
Broadening participation and support for students pursing information technology careers
Supporting Black, indigenous, and person of color (BIPOC) students and accelerate the launch of a new BFA degree in live entertainment & experience design
Supporting student retention services with attention to local first generation college students and students of color
Creating Pathways to Success, a program to connect local students with a technical education so they may pursue a career in the construction industry and in other high-demand fields
The Community Foundation is proud to partner with businesses like BB&T now Truist to support programs that will embolden extraordinary community across Lancaster County. Thanks to the generosity of BB&T now Truist, the next generation of thinkers, do-ers, leaders, and innovators will have more opportunities than ever to make Lancaster County a more equitable community.