SunTrust Foundation Supports WPCC Camp Connect


Photo of check presentation. May 30, 2018 – The SunTrust Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Western Piedmont Foundation during its annual giving campaign in support of Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Camp Connect, a summer enrichment experience for middle and early high school males with limited English language proficiency.  Students are participants in WPCC’s Educational Talent Search program, a federally funded grant program that identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who show the potential to succeed in higher education.

Due to the support from the SunTrust Foundation, Camp Connect will concentrate on tutoring support and financial literacy as well as career readiness and workforce development to prepare campers for improved job opportunities.  Campers will participate in hands-on, active learning activities designed to increase financial literacy, explore entrepreneurial opportunities and experiments utilizing the resources of the WPCC Small Business Center, and take tours of local industries to learn about local career opportunities and how they align with higher education programs offered at local institutions like Western Piedmont Community College.

Kelly Farr (left), first vice president and commercial relationship manager for SunTrust Bank recently visited campus and presented Atticus Simpson (right), executive director of the Western Piedmont Foundation and vice president of workforce development at WPCC, with a check supporting Camp Connect.

The SunTrust Foundation is dedicated to SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial empowerment, but also include education, health and human services, civic improvement and cultural growth. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $128 million throughout the United States.

 Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded to encourage and develop public and private support for Western Piedmont Community College beyond that provided by county, state, and federal funds. Created in 1967, WPF was among the first fund-raising organizations within the NC Community College System.  Many needs exist which are not sufficiently provided for by public sources, and private contributions assist the College in maintaining a margin of excellence above the average. Individuals or organizations wishing to assist the College may do so by making tax deductible donations of equipment, cash, bonds, stocks, real estate, trusts, life insurance, or bequests.  To make a gift online, visit or to learn more, contact Atticus Simpson (828) 448-3120 or at

Western Piedmont Community College is located in the rolling foothills of picturesque Morganton, N.C. and proudly serves the local area by providing accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in the community. The college is one of only five colleges in the North Carolina Community College System achieving an “excellence” level in four of seven mandated performance measures and is guided by the College’s five-year strategic plan focusing on student success, employee development, workforce development, community engagement, and institutional enhancement.   For more information, visit or provide feedback to the College by visiting

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