Over the past year, businesses have contributed nearly $85,000 to support programs at Bucks County Community College for K through 12 students.

Two kids enjoying Bucks County Community College’s Kids on Campus day camp – Credit: BCCC

The contributions were made as part of the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, which provides tax credits to businesses that donate to support school-age children’s educational programs.

The college has raised over $500,000 through EITC programs since its inception in 2009, helping the college to fund innovative educational programming and outreach for K-12 students for almost ten years.

Waste Management recently added to that total with a donation of $15,000 to the Bucks County Community College Foundation

“Waste Management believes that the quality of the education our children receive today will directly impact the quality of our future,” said John Hambrose, spokesperson for Waste Management of Pennsylvania.

“We are proud of the nearly $15.7 million in Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit grants we’ve provided since the program began in 2001. These grants have provided enrichment programs for public school children, made private schools more affordable, and given all of us prospects for a brighter future.”

Bucks County Community College Trustee James Dancy, College President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, and Jennifer Smith of Waste Management Inc. Credit: BCCC

This fall, the funds will support dual-enrollment courses at six high schools, giving juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college-level courses. In the 2017-18 academic year, EITC grants paid for tuition and books for 11 three-credit courses in five high schools and were used to purchase books for dual-enrollment students at Palisades and Quakertown High Schools.

This year’s donations will also support Artmobile, the college’s traveling outreach museum, which allows more than 16,000 students from 25 schools throughout Bucks County to have an art museum experience at their school.

And this summer, the college is adding the new Kids on Campus STEM Clusters, designed as enrichment for school success. This, as an addition to the popular Kids on Campus program at the college for children ages 5 to 16.

To learn more about the programs or for donation information visit www.bucks.edu/foundation.

WBCB’s Brianna Williams contributed to this post.