Tunxis Community College Foundation

Driven to Open New Doors

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Tunxis Community College Foundation raises funds to provide support for the students, programs and services of the College.

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“Compete Connecticut” – Live, work or learn; your role in a more competitive community!

registernow2016 Economic Conference
Friday, November 18th at the
Farmington Marriott

Join us at 8:00am for networking and registration.

Keynote Speaker:
Stewart-Bonnie-webBonnie Stewart, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA).

cbia_2c_rgbKey issue areas for Stewart have included business taxes, labor and employment, healthcare and liability. Stewart serves, and has served, on numerous task forces, councils and boards studying such matters as property taxes, medical privacy, numerous labor and employment law matters, and non-compete agreements.

Before joining CBIA in 1988, Stewart worked for the office of the Connecticut Attorney General. She received her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire and her bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Connecticut.

“Compete Connecticut”: Live, work or learn; your role in a more competitive community!

View More: http://5diamondphotography.pass.us/tunxisfoundation2016Student Speaker:
Kathryn Plourde, pictured with John Gallant, Tunxis Foundation Board Member

Our student speaker, Kathryn Plourde is a motivator and a mentor in many aspects of her life. Kathryn works full time for Filomeno & Company, P.C. as the supervisor of an administrative team of four.  She leads the Firm’s “50 Acts of Kindness” campaign as the Director of Culture. In June, she earned the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Scholarship. As a student at Tunxis Community College, one of the most significant lessons she has learned is the balance between school, work, and the most important person in her life, her 11-year-old son, Ryan.

Program schedule:

registernow8:00am – Networking and Registration
8:15am – Breakfast and Coffee Bar
8:40am – Opening Remarks
8:50am – Student Speaker: Kathryn Plourde, TCC student
9:05am – Keynote Speaker: Bonnie Stewart, CBIA
10:15am – Closing Remarks


Photos from our 33rd Annual Student Achievement Recognition Ceremony held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 on campus and under the tents


Each year, our objective is to bring you exciting speakers whose experiences and stories will help you become more successful in dealing with the day-to-day challenges in your professional and personal lives. This year, we’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Bonnie Stewart, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA).

Please join us for an exciting morning of impact and networking!  Whether you are an employer, employee, student or new to Connecticut you will learn how to compete in your community ….in Connecticut.

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The Housing Authority of the City of Bristol $50K Donation

The Housing Authority of the City of Bristol (BHA) gifted $50,000 to establish five $1,000 scholarships per year for a period of ten years. The announcement came at the end of the Networking Breakfast on November 12.  Students can apply and each recipient shall be a resident of the Housing Authority of the City of Bristol who has financial need and has shown meritorious work, academically and in the community.

Helen G. Sneed, Executive Director of the Tunxis Foundation was thrilled.  Sneed said, “I admire and thank the Bristol Housing Authority for supporting the Tunxis Community College Foundation and being true to its mission. A college degree is both an individual and societal benefit.  A benefit that lives beyond the life of the student and the donor.  I’m looking forward to meeting the first five $1,000 scholarship recipients this May.”

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TCCF Celebrated 45 Years of Opening Doors to Student Success

On November 12, the Tunxis Foundation held its annual Economic Conference and Networking Breakfast at the Farmington Marriott. Keynote speaker George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN, addressed an audience of about 190 on “ESPN’s Strategic Advantage: Mission, Brand and Culture.” Tunxis student and veteran Nelson Algarin Jr. spoke about personal leadership and how Tunxis changed his life.

Close to $78,000 was raised which will fund student scholarships and provide emergency services and textbooks for students in need at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Major sponsors of the event included ESPN, Stanley Black & Decker, DeLoitte, Webster Bank, Barnes Group, D’Amato Construction Company, Follett Bookstore, TRUMPF Inc., and 29 other community partners and individuals.

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Economic Conference Register Now!

economicconf2015Reserve Your Tickets Today – Time is Running Out!

On November 12, Tunxis Community College Foundation will hold its annual Economic Conference at the Farmington Marriott. This breakfast, our major fundraiser, features a prominent speaker on business-related topics. We’re pleased to announce that our speaker this year is George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN, Inc.

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You are invited to celebrate 45 YEARS of Opening Doors

You are Invited to the Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference

While much has changed since 1970, our founding commitment to help students access education and develop the tools they need to succeed remains the same. In addition to funding scholarships, we have expanded our support to include special learning projects, the Arts and our Veterans. We now reach far beyond the Farmington Valley into well over 15 towns and cities throughout Connecticut.  Today and into the future our students live, work and play where you do business.

Please join us on November 12th and help us celebrate our 45 year history of opening doors to student success!

Featuring Keynote Speaker George Bodenheimer,  Former President and Executive Chairman of ESPN, Inc.  Our student speaker is Nelsen Algarin.

Register Now for the Tunxis Foundation Economic ConferenceThursday, November 12, 2015
Farmington Marriott Grand Ballroom
15 Farm Springs Road
Farmington, CT 06032
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Morning Music
Saxophonist, GB Sneed, Tunxis Alumnus

Register on-line today at TunxisFoundation.org

7:30 a.m. – Networking and Registration
7:45 a.m. – Breakfast and Coffee Bar
8:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – Student Speaker Nelsen Algarin
9:00 a.m.  – Keynote Speaker – George Bodenheimer
10:00 a.m. – Closing Remarks

LEADERSHIP | INSPIRATION | CONVERSATION | NETWORKING

 

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Economic Conference Student Speaker

Our student speaker, Nelson Algarin is a leader in his own right. Nelson is an Afghanistan War Veteran who overcame survivor’s guilt. Throughout his time at Tunxis Community College he has transformed himself into a campus leader.  He is currently the President of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members). Nelson is the 2015 recipient of two Tunxis Foundation Scholarships.

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Economic Conference Keynote Speaker George Bodenheimer

espnOur keynote speaker is George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman with ESPN, Inc.  George began his career at ESPN as a driver in the mailroom and became President just  17 short years later.

Mr. Bodenheimer will share his experiences and insights gained during his impressive 33 years at ESPN. Come find out how important branding is both professionally and personally.

Register Now for the Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference

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Economic Conference 2015 Student Speaker Nelson Algarin

Our student speaker at this year’s Economic Conference is Nelson Algarin, a former Marine whose story and personal journey from the battlefield to the classroom is an inspiration. Nelson overcame survivor’s guilt and the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life.  Throughout his years at Tunxis he has worked hard to transform himself into a high achieving student and campus leader.  He is currently President of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS  (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members).  Nelson is the 2015 recipient of two Tunxis Foundation Scholarships, and he was the recipient of a Leadership and Service award for his involvement with the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS. He plans to graduate from Tunxis in June of 2016 with an associate degree in General Studies and then go on to obtain his bachelor’s degree and attend medical school.

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A Student Veteran’s Journey

Nelson-1 flatten A Student Veteran Struggles to Fit Into Civilian Life and Emerges as Student Leader

Attired in a t-shirt, cargo shorts and flip flops, 23-year-old Nelson Algarin looks like a typical college student. His confident smile and clean-cut good looks belie his troubled past as a former Marine struggling with personal demons. As he tells his story, he strokes the dog tags around his neck, those of a fallen comrade.

Algarin’s return from Afghanistan began promisingly with a heartwarming welcome home and the excitement of returning to civilian life. Unfortunately, things began to unravel quickly. He soon found himself caught between living in the present and not being able to let go of the memories of the past. These memories included being shot in the back and losing two of his closest friends to war. In addition, he found he had difficulty relating to family and friends who seemed to view him differently. Continue reading

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Presdient Sal and Lombella

Foundation President, Sal Vitrano, Students Andrew Albert, Eric Doughty and Tunxis President Dr. James Lombella

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