The Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation has received a $50,000 grant from the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust to support the College’s capital campaign, funding the construction of the new Frank and Maureen Wilkens Science and Engineering Center on campus.
The total cost of the new Science and Engineering Center, expected to be completed on the College’s West Barnstable campus by 2022, is $38 million. Governor Charlie Baker signed a bond bill guaranteeing $25 million for the project, the College has put forward $3 million, and local philanthropist Maureen Wilkens has gifted the College $5 million, the largest single donation in the institution’s history. The remaining $5 million is being raised through the ongoing capital campaign.
“We are immensely grateful to the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and their Foundation Trust for investing in our institution, and the future students of Cape Cod Community College,” said John L. Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College. “This new teaching and lab center will be a great resource for our students and for our entire community, serving as the hub for science and engineering training and education for the entire region. The future of economic growth and development for the Cape and Islands starts at 4Cs, and we are appreciative for The Coop’s continued support in moving this project forward.”
Since December 2018, the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod Charitable Foundation Trust has awarded $180,000 to 22 nonprofit organizations across Cape Cod.
“This gift from The Coop really signals the next phase of our fundraising efforts,” said Kathy McNamara, Chief Executive Officer of the College’s Educational Foundation. “Our community recognizes and values the importance of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and we’ll continue to need their support to meet our goals. When we receive generous gifts like this, it sends a flag up to our entire community that this is a project worth investing in.”
The Frank and Maureen Wilkens Science and Engineering Center will create new, modern learning spaces that will enhance teaching in Science, Technology, and Engineering, which has a growing labor market on Cape. Massachusetts in currently fourth in the nation in highest percentage of employment within STEM jobs.
To learn more about the project and the ongoing capital campaign, visit the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation online at ccccfoundation.org.