GC receives $2 million gift from local donors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @sheridan.edu

Gillette College receives $2 million gift from local donors

Gillette College is the recipient of the single largest private gift in its history. Susan Hladky, Paul and Andrea Hladky, and Patrick and Jean Hladky of Gillette have generously pledged to donate $2 million to Gillette College, in support of the planned Education and Activity Center.

“I am so appreciative of the Hladkys’ support! Their genuine interest in all aspects of the College, including the Education and Activity Center, has been evident in all our conversations. They certainly recognize the needs of the College in providing suitable spaces for all students and their programs. I am so grateful for their generosity,” said Dr. Mark Englert, vice president and CEO of Gillette College. “Their commitment to strengthening and growing our community is exemplary and their gift to the College is a shining example of that commitment.”

“We recognize the need the College has for the Education and Activity Center and are pleased to offer our support,” Patrick Hladky said. “We hope this gift will serve as a catalyst for getting this project completed, as well as encouragement to others to consider supporting the College on this project or others where need exists.”

The Education and Activity Center is a planned 53,271 square-foot facility that will incorporate needed academic and student life space. Particular emphases are in health and human performance studies, incorporating a Health Sciences Simulation Laboratory, gathering space for student engagement, along with a fitness center, gymnasium and other essential space that supports intercollegiate athletics and student activities.

The total cost of the Education and Activity Center is $18.97 million. The Hladky gift, along with generous public support from the County Commission, has positioned the College to have 50 percent of the local funds necessary to seek matching State support. As a result, Gillette College has requested the state of Wyoming to fund half, $9.485 million, based on the College’s need and the strength of its local support.

“Given Gillette College’s enrollment growth and expanded programs over the last decade, the need for our Education and Activity Center is an essential,” Dr. Englert said. “This legislative session is extremely important to us as legislators consider many budget items pertinent to community colleges, including capital construction.”

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