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BRCC Alumni Quick Quotes W We recently asked BRCC Alumni to tell us how BRCC made a difference in their life, and we received some wonderful responses! What follows is just a sampling—watch future issues of Community Link for some great BRCC alumni success stories that showcase how your investment in BRCC changes lives. My time at BRCC provided the foundation, consisting of two associate’s degrees, for me to take the next step and attain a bachelor’s degree in the field that is a great fit for my aptitudes and personality. The community college system provides a tremendous value. Without it, a bachelor’s degree would’ve been significantly more expensive to obtain, even prohibitively so. Thank you BRCC! -Brian Massie, BRCC ’10 Non Profit Org. U. S. Postage and Fees Paid BRCC Fall 2013 M While attending BRCC I discovered my full potential, and learned that I could pursue my dreams of earning a college degree. After eight years and raising my children, I returned to earn my bachelor’s degree from Bluefield College to grow even more. I love learning and discovering new things and applying them to life. I have a desire to earn my masters in the future. -Pamela Fox, BRCC ’00 Blue Ridge camps are awesome. It’s so much fun you barely realize you are learning stuff. I would do it every week! April 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center Try to make it better; I dare you. 19th Annual Spring Fling Auction October 23, 2013, 7:30 a.m., Spotswood Country Club October 25, 2013, 7:30 a.m., Stonewall Jackson Hotel November 1, 2013, 7:30 a.m., Waynesboro Country Club September 26, 2013, 3:00 p.m., BRCC Grounds Community Breakfast Series Did you know that you can make an investment in BRCC online? If you value what BRCC provides to our community, and want to help make a difference for students today, it’s as simple as going to the BRCC Educational Foundation’s homepage at edfound, and clicking on the “Online Donations” link! BRCC’s 46th Anniversary Celebration Online Giving Option Available Here’s what Learning Can Be Fun participants had to say about this summer’s offerings: Save the Date! A nationwide survey by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education showed that an average of one-half of one percent of alumni contributed to a community college in the 2012 fiscal year. The comparable number for four-year university alumni giving is 13%. BRCC saw a 15% increase in alumni funds raised from 2012 to 2013, which is a step in the right direction. However, we are striving to improve the percentage of alumni donors, which is currently 0.46%. Did you know? Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. P. O. Box 80 Weyers Cave, VA 24486 (540) 453-2211 -Melissa Lafferty-Aliaga, BRCC ’00 Address Service Requested I was a scared kid in a “big city” from the coal camps of West Virginia. BRCC took me under their wing and gave me the tools to succeed. 12 years after graduating, I have excelled in my degree, and am now a business owner. I am thankful for everything BRCC did for me, and will never forget where I started. More than 675 students from Kindergarten through 12th grade participated in 63 different classes this summer in BRCC’s flagship summer youth program, Learning Can Be Fun. Learning Can Be Fun offers a handson approach to many topics, including art, outdoor adventures, fishing, ecology, theater, creative writing, veterinary technology, computer programming, digital photography, and robotics, just to name a few. The BRCC Educational Foundation thanks McDonald’s APB Management, the Denton Family Charitable Foundation, and the Rudy Tucker family for supporting the Learning Can Be Fun program by providing needbased scholarships to 22 students this summer. Additional support is provided by McKee Foods Corporation and the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation. BRCC Educational Foundation Board Chair Debra S. Callison Vice-Chair Thomas C. Mendez Secretary John A. Downey Treasurer Robert S. Baldygo John S. Barret Jr. Tony E. Biller Alphonso P. Boxley III Dennis O. Burnett Stephen W. Claffey Denise E. “D.D.” Dawson Lawrence H. Hoover Jr. Nancy Hulings Camala B. Kite Martha Livick Mary N. Mannix John L. Matherly Mary McDermott Beverly B. McGowan Karen E. Santos Stacey D. Strawn Steven E. Stroop Alan J. Sweet Travis J. Tysinger Cynthia Weidner Cathleen P. Welsh Community Link is an official publication of the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. It is distributed to friends in the Shenandoah Valley, as well as BRCC faculty and staff, and is published quarterly by the Development Office, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA 24486. If you have any questions or comments regarding this publication, please contact Angie Glenn, Development Services Coordinator, at (540) 453-2307 or Additional articles can be found at

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