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Current Giving Programs

Student Success

A safety net fund for students facing financial hardship.

Tuition for LCC students has increased over 41 percent over the past five years. Double-digit tuition increases, coupled with reductions in state and federal financial aid, are forcing too many students to drop out of attend part-time, which prolongs their time to degree.

The LCC Foundation created the LCC Student Success Fund to help students who are most at risk for abandoning their higher education goals due to financial hardship. Student Success funds help cover the cost of:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Textbooks
  • Testing fees
  • Emergency expenses

Athletics Excellence

Join students to ensure funding for sports programs and health initiatives.

Red Devil athletics has long enjoyed strong support from sports fans in our community. These successful programs are an important avenue to education and careers for our student athletes who regularly rank near the top of their peers in academic achievement.

With state funding for college athletics no longer available, funding is needed to supplement self-imposed student activities fees. A coordinated, long-term funding mechanism will increase the efficiency and return of current fundraising efforts.

LCC students have led the way by funding $2 million toward a campus fitness center which was matched by state capital funds. Initial donations will complete this project. Then, continuing revenue from this fund will ensure a strong athletic legacy for our Red Devils.

Health and Science Programs

Learning environments to match earning environments.

There are two vacant "STEM" jobs for every unemployed person in Washington. LCC's new Health and Science facility is the first step in answering the need for trained workers in science, technology, engineering and math and also healthcare.

LCC will seek funds for equipment and to develop new programs and classes to prepare our students for careers in STEM fields. To fully utilize our new building, modern technology and equipment is needed for:

  • Nursing labs, including patient simulators
  • Medical assisting training room
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics labs
  • Engineering and Environmental studies

Innovation

A sustainable fund to advance student success programs.

A 26 percent cut in state funding over the past five years has permanently changed the revenue stream for community colleges making them state-assisted, rather than state supported institutions.

LCC is a leader in developing innovative programs that promote student success and completion. Online learning options in nursing, business and transfer degree fields, and programs that combine basic skills and vocational training, help more students reach their goals. Over the next four years, LCC will use its Achieving The Dream grant to build more services and programs geared toward student success.

An endowment fund will ensure that these proven strategies continue after the grant has ended.