ASHEVILLE , NC – A-B Tech’s Minority Male Mentoring program received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America through the College’s Foundation to fund additional support for students.
The Ribbon of Hope project builds on the findings from a Minority Male Mentoring project funded by the North Carolina Community College System Office in 2008. Dr. Joseph Fox, Business Administration chair, and Paul Knott, BioNetwork BioBusiness Center manager, developed the project and found minorities attending college often require support to fulfill their potential in curriculum programs.
“We will be able to use the funds to pay a student worker for a computer lab for the Minority Male Mentoring program and we will be able to provide paper and toner for printing,” Fox said. “Students may not have access to the Internet and we want to provide that and tutoring by Phi Theta Kappa members.”
Funds will also be used to expose the students to community events, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. annual breakfast. Professional development and career development activities are also planned.
“We were so happy to be able to give the grant to this wonderful project here at A-B Tech,” said Sabrina Miller, N.C. Market President, West Region & Consumer Market Executive – Mountain Market, Bank of America. Miller also sits on the College’s Foundation Board.