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Raritan Valley Community College receives $100K grant from Provident Bank Foundation

BRANCHBURG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is the recipient of a $100,000 Signature Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) for 2022.

The gift, in the Education funding priority area, is the Foundation’s first Signature Grant awardee in Somerset County and one of three statewide.

RVCC was selected for the work of “The Achievement Center” (TAC)—a unique collaboration between the College and the Arc of Somerset County. The Center provides a certificate-based, post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they can continue academic study, experience college life, and gain important skills for entering the workforce.

“The collaboration between Raritan Valley Community College and the Arc of Somerset County is inspiring,” said Samantha Plotino, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “And their collective impact is so evident in the students whose lives are enriched through the work of The Achievement Center.”

The multi-year award will support the expansion of the courses offered at TAC, specifically in the STEM disciplines, and allow the TAC model to be amplified more broadly across the state.

“We applaud both the vision and the generosity of The Provident Bank Foundation,” said RVCC President Michael McDonough. “Their commitment to the students served by The Achievement Center at RVCC is unprecedented.”

“We’re honored by the endorsement by The Provident Bank Foundation and excited by the impact this support will enable,” said Christopher Corvino, Executive Director, The Arc of Somerset County. “The growth of our program is the best evidence of our value to the communities we serve.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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