June 19, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 20, 2017)—Tallahassee Community College has announced two major gifts to support vital activities at the College.
Larry and Vicki Kubiak presented a gift valued at $70,000 to create an endowed scholarship for first generation in college students, to renovate a classroom that will be renamed the Costopoulos Kubiak Family Classroom and to support the New Start Scholarship Fund.
Larry Kubiak is a psychologist practicing with Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center. Vicki Costopoulos Kubiak is the co-creator of www.motherdaughterprojects.com, which provides do-it-yourself tips and videos for homeowners. Both of the couple’s children, Stephen and Stephanie, are TCC alumni.
The New Start Scholarship assists students who have been involved with the juvenile justice system but who are turning their lives around. The Kubiaks’ donation will be used to create a matching fund for future donations in order to move the scholarship toward its target endowment of $500,000.
“You cannot put a price tag on providing hope in people’s lives, and that’s what the scholarship does,” said Larry Kubiak. “It is a hope not for just their own betterment but that of their entire family and those around them. We’re very happy to be part of that.”
Full Press Apparel, a family-owned business that has been creating custom screen-printed and embroidered apparel and promotional gifts in Tallahassee for two decades, has donated $10,000 to support TCC’s Digital Rail Project.
The project is designed to attract K-12 students to careers in digital media and information technology. TCC will equip a mobile lab to visit area schools and events to promote career opportunities in digital media, web design and web programming, app development, 3-D printing and rapid prototyping, and cybersecurity.
The gift was presented by Full Press Apparel’s owners, Tracey and Danny Shrine. The latter is a TCC graduate.
According to Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation, the Digital Rail Project has the potential to expand the talent pipeline for digital media and information technologies. Employers like the Shrines will play a central role in project activities, as the College continually adapts certificate and degree pathways in these rapidly growing fields.
“We find it difficult to hire for jobs in graphic arts and design, and when talking to other business owners, they echoed the same sentiment,” said Tracey Shrine. “We wanted to help get this project off the ground so that we are helping students learn valuable skills that make them employable as quickly as possible once they leave TCC. The skills students learn at TCC will make them an asset to lots of local businesses, not just ours!”
For information, contact Heather Mitchell at MITCHELH@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-6067.