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Amsted Industries Honored with 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

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Released on May 03, 2019

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Amsted Industries received the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in honor of its work with John Tyler Community College (JTCC). Nominated for the award by the John Tyler Community College Foundation (JTCCF), Amsted Industries was recognized during a luncheon ceremony on April 16, 2019.

Amsted’s partnership with JTCC spans more than 50 years. In 1967, an Amsted executive was among those who signed the JTCCF’s articles of incorporation, and since then, Amsted company leaders have consistently served on the JTCCF’s board of directors. Over the years, Amsted’s philanthropic investments, which have included in-kind contributions and gifts to endowment, scholarships, capital projects, program support, and the annual fund, have helped put Tyler students on the path to long-term success. In addition, Amsted employees serve on JTCC’s academic advisory committees, helping to ensure the college’s programs meet the region’s evolving workforce needs; the company hires Tyler graduates, and Amsted employees regularly turn to the college for continuing education opportunities. 

“Amsted has been a loyal community partner since John Tyler Community College’s opening in 1967,” said Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller, president of JTCC. “We are grateful for Amsted’s ongoing service to the JTCCF board and to the college’s advisory committees; for the company’s financial gifts; and for its longtime and ongoing interest in hiring Tyler graduates. We appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge Amsted’s decades-long commitment to the college and to our students with the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.”

The annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon, hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges, as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $18 million to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Keynote speaker Donald Graham, who is chairman of the board at Graham Holdings Company and cofounder of TheDream.US, spoke about the importance of Virginia’s Community Colleges and the ways that the philanthropists have contributed to the Commonwealth.

“We are in this room today to tell you, whether you work for one of the colleges or have given to one of the colleges, that what you are doing is absolutely right,” Graham said during his remarks. “I am so proud of this crowd for what you’re doing, and I hope you are proud of yourselves and your fellow donors and of the leaders and teachers at the community colleges you serve.”

The John Tyler Community College Foundation secures resources that provide scholarships for students; fund academic programs, student support services, capital projects, and renovations to modernize classrooms and labs; and stimulate innovation within the college faculty and staff. This work ensures the college continues its pledge of providing academic excellence to students while expanding the services it offers to meet the community’s workforce requirements. Since most of the College’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the Foundation are an investment in both students and the community.    

John Tyler Community College offers more than 60 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 14,300 students during the 2017-18 academic year. It also assisted more than 7,000 learners through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges.

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