Lattner Family Foundation Supports Endowed Chair
The Lattner Family Foundation has announced it will provide a $25,000 gift to the Butler Community College “Forever Butler” Campaign.
This is the second year the foundation has presented Butler with this gift. The Forever Butler Campaign is a $10 million endeavor to raise funds for scholarships, program support and internships.
The investment of the Lattner Family Foundation qualifies for the Kansas Board of Regents Faculty of Distinction program, which matches earnings on endowed funds of at least $50,000, an acclaim that Butler has not had before.
The Lattner gift, joined with the Kansas Board of Regents Faculty of Distinction gift, will endow the director’s position for the Early College Information Technology Academy (ECITA) located in Andover.
The Lattner Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports creative and innovative programs in the United States. A couple of guiding principles of the Lattner Foundation are fiscal responsibility and entrepreneurism.
“The Early College Academy students have elements of entrepreneurism. They demonstrate financial responsibility and are avoiding loan debt by exploring these career paths,” Stacy Cofer, Butler’s vice president of Advancement, said. “We’re grateful to once again receive this grant and for the fact it establishes our very first endowed position at Butler, which is not common at the community college level.”
There are 28 Butler students currently in ECITA. They are exploring cyber security and internetworking management, digital media, interactive 3D technology, software development and web development. The students finished their fall semester with a 3.31 grade point average.
Butler’s Early College Academies allow high school juniors to begin working toward their degrees in either Health Science, Information Technology or Public Safety, with the potential to earn an associate degree from Butler. This May, Butler has several Early College graduates who will graduate from Butler and their high school in the same month – perhaps the same weekend.