As the end of the year approaches, Carroll Community College is launching the public portion of its major gift campaign, with the hope of reaching $8 million to support the school’s mission.

The campaign, “Investing in a Brilliant Future,” was announced at the annual Starry Night Gala on Friday, Dec. 7, and already has hit $6.2 million of its goal through the quiet portion of its fundraising, according to a news release from Carroll Community College.

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This campaign comes “at a critical time in the college’s history,” Steven Wantz, executive director of the Carroll Community College Foundation, said. “Our students really deserve the highest quality of education that they can get here at Carroll.”

Often, he said, students are coming from various backgrounds. It’s the college’s goal to provide students with the best education that helps get them to the next step of their journey, whatever that might be, he added.

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The funds raised from the campaign will support new initiatives on campus for high-impact economic development programs, provide funding for technology initiatives, help with scholarships and overall advance student success, Wantz said. In terms of the economic programs, Carroll has launched new programs in cybersecurity, digital fabrication and audio-visual technology, as well as enhancing programs in Allied Heath and STEM, according to the news release.

James Ball, Carroll Community College president, said the campaign will continue its quest until it hits its $8 million goal.

“The role that we play in the county is to help to provide higher education for students to improve their skills and impact their ability to realize better jobs,” Ball said.

More than 90 percent of students who attend Carroll live and work in the community, he said, so in turn, the college helps to improve quality of life in the county as more students come out with job skills and education.

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Wantz said in the college’s 25 years of being an independent school, it has helped more than 135,000 people on their education journey.

Ball said right now is a defining moment for Carroll. The college has continually worked to provide support for students, and money received through this campaign will help with scholarships and to fully equip and fund programs.

“It we are not able to financially support those initiatives … we’re not going to have a quality learning product for students,” he said.

Wantz said he was grateful for the community and business community who have worked to help the college get 75 percent of the way to its goal.

“We can’t express our appreciation [enough] to just the generosity of our existing donors,” he added.

To find out more about the “Investing in a Brilliant Future” campaign and explore giving opportunities, visit www.carrollcc.edu/BrilliantFuture/.

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