BATON ROUGE, LA - Last week, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) announced the creation of the LCTCS Response and Recovery Fund. The fund assists LCTCS students who are on the verge of suspending their educational pursuits when financial emergencies arise. Many of these students encounter barriers that force them to choose between educational expenses or paying for basic necessities.
The first corporate donation was a $10,000 contribution from Cheniere Energy.
"We are pleased to contribute to LCTCS's Response and Recovery Fund," said Jane Uebe, Director of Training at Cheniere Energy. "We're proud our contribution can help students through this difficult time."
Cheniere is just one of several businesses heeding the call to support the relief efforts and further LCTCS's mission to improve the lives of individuals through the transformative power of education and to build thriving communities throughout Louisiana through accessible, relevant programs and collaborative partnerships for strengthening workforce and economic development.
During the COVID-19 crisis, LCTCS college leadership, faculty, and staff have balanced transitioning instruction to an online environment, supporting their local communities in a time of need, and remaining committed to the mission of building Louisiana's workforce. However, with COVID-19 threatening student financial security, these extraordinary times are presenting challenges for students to remain focused on school.
LCTCS System President Dr. Monty Sullivan acknowledges these challenges, and is encouraging everyone to play a role in recovery efforts.
"LCTCS recognizes the issues that are impacting our students' ability to proceed with their education," said Sullivan. "The objective of the LCTCS Response and Recovery Fund is to help students who are in need and decrease the number of students who stop attending or withdraw from school due to a lack of funds to cover food, shelter, utilities, childcare, and other financial responsibilities. It also helps our colleges provide the technology and equipment needed to continue to teach students online during times of crisis."
Anyone interested in supporting the LCTCS Response and Recovery Fund is encouraged to visit bit.ly/LCTCS_Recovery to make a donation.