Officials from Bucks County Community College and Parx Casino met at the Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus in Bristol on Wednesday afternoon to announce a partnership for a $45,000 Student Empowerment Initiative.

Policy Director Ryan Skoczylas, right. Photo by Evan Easterling.

Republican State Senator Tommy Tomlinson was also slated to attend the event, but did not appear because of an illness. His policy director, Ryan Skoczylas, attended on his behalf.

The investment from Parx Casino will create support for Veterans Empowerment, Mothers Empowerment and Accessibility Empowerment. There will be a scholarship for United States armed forces veterans or dependents of veterans. There will also be a scholarship for women who support at least who child while attending Bucks County Community College.

The initiative will also create a new program called ACHIEVE, which will provide additional support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

BCCC President Stephanie Shanblatt speaks. Photo by Evan Easterling.

“It helps us to serve our students, not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom,” Bucks County Community College President Stephanie Shanblatt said.

Students representing each group that will benefit from the donation attended Wednesday’s announcement.

The Parx Casino Student Empowerment Initiative is the first such effort at Bucks County Community College.

Future plans at Bucks County Community College include the Bucks Center for Workforce and Economic Development in Bristol through a partnership with Bucks County.

WBCB’s Evan Easterling contributed to this report.