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WGTC's Invest in the Next Generation Major Gifts Campaign Receives its Highest Cash Donation

Coweta, GA

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation's first inaugural major gifts campaign, Invest in the Next Generation, has received its highest cash gift to date. Mr. Tom Moat, President of the Board of Directors of Newnan Hospital, Inc. presented the $1 million gift to WGTC President, Dr. Skip Sullivan and WGTC's Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Ms. Dawn Cook, in a ceremony on September 7th.

Skip Sullivan (left) and Dawn Cook (right), both of West Georgia Technical College, accept a ceremonial check from Tom Moat marking the $1 million gift from Newnan Hospital, Inc.


"By supporting West Georgia Technical College, we will help to prepare future health care workers who will care for all of us just as Newnan Hospital did in the past," Moat said."WGTC will be an even more important part of our community with the development of the new campus and we are honored to have the opportunity to support our local campus."

WGTC's overall campaign, which had raised a total of $7.3 million prior to the Newnan Hospital, Inc. gift, is seeking funds to build a new Coweta County Campus; strengthen the student scholarship and grant fund; and create endowments for health care and its adult education and literacy program.

"The first priority of the major gifts campaign is a new stand-alone, full-service campus for Coweta County," notes Ms. Cook. "Newnan Hospital, Inc.'s investment in the new Coweta Campus is, without question, one of the biggest investments ever made in the future of health care education in Coweta County."

Dr. Sullivan agreed that the gift is a positive statement about the college and its benefactor's commitment to the region. "At a time when so many other institutions are suspending their fundraising because of a tough economic climate, I think an investment this significant says something very positive about Newnan Hospital, Inc.'s commitment to health care education in our community, about the work that WGTC has done in providing health care education in the past and our vision for the future with the new Coweta Campus."

Clements Group Senior Consultant, Ms. Jackie Bowen, is currently assisting the college with the campaign and agrees the gift makes a positive statement about both WGTC and Newnan Hospital, Inc.'s commitment to the community. Ms. Bowen also speaks to the dedication of college personnel. "Although WGTC has recently undergone a merger between two technical colleges and two foundations, the dedication of Dr. Sullivan, Dawn Cook and her staff to their major gifts campaign has been unwavering," says Ms. Bowen. "It has surely facilitated the economic investment that Newnan Hospital and other members of the community have made to their college through this campaign. It has been a pleasure working with them over the last three years."

"We are extremely excited that Newnan Hospital, Inc. has chosen to partner with us in this way," Cook said. "We strive to be a good community partner, and we believe their support of our major gifts campaign certainly shows a shared commitment that we have to better our community by providing the highest-quality technical education possible."

West Georgia Technical College has had a presence in Coweta County since 2000, when the Central Educational Center opened as a collaborative venture between business and industry, the Coweta County School System and WGTC. WGTC offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study.

The Clements Group conducted a feasibility study for West Central Technical College (now West Georgia Technical College) in 2008 and Ms. Jackie Bowen, CG Senior Consultant, is currently serving as WGTC's campaign counsel. For additional information contact Dawn Cook, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, dawn.cook@westgatech.edu.

September 2010

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