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York College’s CCE receives additional support from Powder Mill Foundation for renovations and programmatic enhancement

September 20, 2018
Center for Community Engagement building in downtown York

York College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) has received support from the Powder Mill Foundation, established by Louis and Jody Appell, to renovate the unfinished second floor of the facility for community/college collaborations and to establish a fund to support the ongoing work of the Center.

Located at 59 East Market Street in downtown York, the CCE acts as the primary mover in York College’s mission to partner with the community for the benefit of both students and the broader region. 

“The CCE is a building that was very important to Mr. (Louis) Appell,” said Michael Hady III, executive director of the Foundation. “By linking students and faculty to downtown York, it exposes them to great things happening there. After the initial gift to create the Center, the College came back to us for the second-floor vision, and we thought it was important to support the good work being done there.”

This significant three-year gift from the Powder Mill Foundation will provide to the CCE in two ways. First, funds will be provided for renovation of the unfinished second floor space, providing the technology, furnishings, and accommodations necessary to make the space accessible to students, faculty and community leaders alike. Second, the gift will establish a development fund for new programs launched by the CCE to support its ongoing work.

Renovations at the CCE will provide a dedicated space outfitted with appropriate physical and human resources to attract York College faculty to the downtown. By providing this flexible space, and by providing a regular shuttle service to the location, the College will make the CCE a place where students and faculty come on a regular basis to hold classes, have meetings with community partners, and do the shared work of project-based learning, a growing area of distinction for the College. At the same time, this space would be open to community partners, making this a shared hub of projects that soften the line between college and community. This space will function alongside the Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy, a division of the CCE that has already established itself as a key player in community advancement.

The development fund will create a regular funding source to support curricular and cocurricular programs that engage faculty and students in community projects and initiatives. Applications for funding will be adjudicated by collaborative groups that include both college and community stakeholders. These projects would focus on project-based learning and problem-solving, partnerships and initiatives, service projects, and education seminars to aid in workforce development.

“The Center for Community Engagement has made significant strides in strengthening the connection between the College, its students, faculty and staff, and the larger York community,” said York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith. “This gift will provide the physical and programmatic enhancements needed to allow the CCE to expand and flourish, while providing great benefits to York.”

“I see this gift as a major opportunity to demonstrate York College’s commitment to engaging faculty and students in the work of building a better community,” said Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the CCE. He expressed his appreciation for the support of Mr. and Mrs. Appell and their legacy foundation. “This gift will be used to honor that legacy by making York College an anchor in building the York community that the Appells envisioned and worked so hard to create.”

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