A $1.5 million gift from State Farm Companies Foundation to Heartland Community College will be used primarily for scholarships to needy students seeking work skills in high-demand areas such as information technology.
The gift was announced Thursday at Heartland’s Workforce Development Center in a computer lab filled with students. There was an audible gasp among the students when the announcement was made.
In addition to scholarships, the money will be used to provide more dual credit opportunities for high school students to earn college credit, and it will be used to support workshops related to the Heartland GPS: Guided Path to Success program. Those workshops will concentrate on such areas as financial literacy and planning for career and college success.