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A Message from the Board Chair


As 2015 draws to a close, I am taking time once again to reflect on the past year in my professional and personal life—not only from the perspective of achievements and accomplishments, but also to evaluate opportunities for improvement during the New Year.


I follow the same practice in assessing my leadership as chair of the Gateway Community College Foundation Board. Looking back, I am enormously proud of all we have done on behalf of Gateway Community College and its students, faculty, and staff. The scholarships, new equipment, academic enhancements, and professional development opportunities made possible by our work—and your generous support—are truly remarkable, and I am humbled by your kindness of heart and spirit.


There is, however, always more that can and should be done. That’s why I write to you today—to ask for your help in doing more for Gateway through your end-of-year gift to the Foundation.


Since its move from Long Wharf to the new state-of-the-art downtown campus just three short years ago, the college has become the largest of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges, as measured by enrollment. That achievement translates to literally hundreds more Gateway full- and part-time students benefiting from 90+ degree and certification programs and training for high-demand careers that will help our local economy grow and thrive.


Gateway has also achieved a second, less notable distinction: the school has the highest percentage of students who qualify for and receive financial aid of any of its sister institutions in the community college system. As the economy grows more challenging, that need also continues to grow, and the financial assistance provided by the Foundation and its generous donors becomes even more important in helping Gateway students pursue their dreams of a higher education, a rewarding career, and a better life for themselves and their families.


As you yourself look back on 2015 and consider what you have achieved in your own personal and professional lives, please think about what a donation to the Gateway Community College Foundation could mean to a student in need. Then, I ask you to please join me, my fellow Board members, and the other caring individuals, business, and foundation benefactors who see the value Gateway brings to students from Greater New Haven and beyond.


You can easily make a contribution on our website. Please be as generous as you can in your giving, but please know that a contribution of any amount will mean so much to our College and to its students!


I close by offering my very best wishes for a happy holiday season, and a New Year filled with health, hope, happiness, prosperity—and peace.


Thomas Griggs Jr.


Gateway Community College Foundation