Tax-Credit Program Boosts Educational Outreach at Bucks
Nearly $85,000 donated this year through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program helps the college offer courses in high schools, support art programs, and more
Over the past year, businesses have contributed nearly $85,000 to support programs at Bucks County Community College for elementary, middle school and high school students.
The donations, made through the Bucks County Community College Foundation, are part of the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, or EITC. Grants from Waste Management, SofterWare, UNIVEST, Meridian Bank, PNC Bank, First Priority Bank, Convenant Bank, Fred Beans, and BB&T Bank have helped to fund innovative educational programming for Kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
“Waste Management believes that the quality of the education our children receive today will directly impact the quality of our future,” said John Hambrose, spokesperson for Waste Management of Pennsylvania, which contributed $15,000 to Bucks this year for the program. “We are proud of the nearly $15.7 million in Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit grants we’ve provided since the program began in 2001. These grants have provided enrichment programs for public school children, made private schools more affordable, and given all of us prospects for a brighter future.”
The programs supported include dual enrollment, which offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college-level courses at their high school or at one of the college’s campuses. In the 2017-18 academic year, EITC funds paid for tuition and books for 11 three-credit courses in five high schools. EITC funds were also used to purchase books for 43 dual-enrollment students at Palisades High School and 22 dual-enrollment students at Quakertown High School. This fall, EITC funds will support dual-enrollment courses at six high schools.
A second program supported by EITC funds is Artmobile, the college’s traveling outreach museum. This year, EITC funds enabled more than 16,000 students from 25 schools throughout Bucks County to have an art museum experience at their school. For many students, Artmobile is their first – and sometimes only – museum experience.
Finally, EITC funds support the popular Kids on Campus day-camp programs at the college for children ages 5 to 16. Camps range from sports, theater, and cooking to engineering, wilderness survival, and computers. EITC funds were used to buy drones for STEM camps and to support children’s theater camp productions of Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh. This summer, the college is offering new Kids on Campus STEM Clusters, designed as enrichment for school success.
The $84,900 in contributions to the BCCC Foundation since July 2017 were made as part the state’s EITC program, which provides tax credits to businesses that make donations to support programs that benefit school-age children’s educational programs. Since its inception at Bucks in 2009, the College has raised $519,000 for EITC programs.
The BCCC Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) educational trust that provides expanded resources for the college’s growth and development. Foundation funds support instructional resources, campus facilities, scholarships and awards, cultural activities and special college projects. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/foundation.