Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Virginia philanthropist Dorothy Batten is making a $1.35 million dollar commitment over the next three years to Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Network2Work program.

Network2Work is a community network that connects job seekers to the skills and resources they need to become valued employees, and helps employers find the quality employees they need for their companies.

At grant announcement in December, (from left) PVCC president Frank Friedman, Holly Hatcher, philanthropic advisor for the D.N. Batten Foundation, Shakira Turner, Network2Work participant, and Ridge Schuyler, dean of Community Self-Sufficiency Programs at PVCC.

The D.N. Batten Foundation’s commitment includes an outright gift of $150,000 per year for the next three years, and a dollar-for-dollar challenge gift of $150,000 per year for the next three years, matching additional contributions from community members made to Network2Work.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to Ms. Batten for this generous gift. We are grateful for her partnership with the college and her belief in this important program,” said PVCC president Frank Friedman. “At PVCC we are dedicated to helping all individuals and families in our service region achieve their full potential.”

“The Network2Work program is the answer to end the cycle of poverty in our Community,” said Holly Hatcher, Philanthropic Advisor to Dorothy Batten. “Through a matching grant, we hope that donors will join Dorothy to support PVCC and Network2Work to scale the program and create a model that can be replicated in other communities.”

To read more about the grant, check out PVCC’s news release here.

To learn more about Network2Work program, click here.

 

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Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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