WSCC Foundation Gift Helps PTA Program

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MARIETTA, OH (APRIL 18, 2017)—A recent gift to the Washington State Community College (WSCC) Foundation meant a boost to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Earlier this year an anonymous donor presented the WSCC Foundation with $1000 for improvements to the PTA program. This gift allowed Dr. Dyani Stengel, Director of WSCC's PTA program, to retire some outdated equipment and bring in new, more modern clinical training items to her classrooms.

"The funds for my program, like all programs at Washington State, are budgeted each year, so the generosity of donors help stretch out dollars to ensure additional purchases can be made to further enhance the students' educational experience," Stengel explained.

So when WSCC Foundation Executive Director Anna Rittenhouse contacted Dr. Stengel with the news of the gift, Stengel went to work to make the most of the money. "I work with great vendors who understand I have a tight budget," Stengel said. Those relationships enable Stengel to multiply her $1000 by nearly 50%. Among the purchases was a much- needed wheelchair.

"The wheelchair was the most expensive item we purchased, and it was also the most essential," Stengel acknowledged. "The generosity of our anonymous donor made a huge impact on my program."

"Many people think that to make an impactful gift to a college that it needs to be a very large gift, but in reality, every contribution- regardless of the size- impacts the lives of our students. It's the compilation of gifts from our annual supporters that enables the college to meet the needs of our students and the business community, and makes our annual campaign a success."

The WSCC Foundation recently launched its annual campaign that encourages businesses, community members, and alumni to invest in the students at Washington State. Last year, the Foundation awarded $54,000 in scholarships and contributed $24,000 to support college departments, programs, and clubs.

"The fact of the matter is, that while WSCC has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, nearly ¾ of our students still need financial aid. Most of our graduates want to stay here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, so your dollars are helping your community for a very long time to come."

For more information about contributing to the WSCC Foundation Annual Campaign, contact Anna Rittenhouse at 740.568.1940.

For 45 years, Washington State Community College has provided residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley the opportunity to realize dreams, to enhance skills, and to broaden understanding. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to move your life in a new direction, Washington State has the classes to suit your needs. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit or call 740.374.8716.

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