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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 22, 2005

Unifour Foundation Gives To CVCC Foundation, Inc.
To Benefit Homegrown Teaching Scholars

Catawba Valley Community College 's Homegrown Teaching Scholars (HTS) program recently started its third year of operation with $30,000 in local funding.

Hal “Chip” Huffman, chairman of the Unifour Foundation, Inc., recently presented the HTS program with a $15,000 grant given to the CVCC Foundation, Inc. An additional $15,000 was donated to the HTS program by Alexander County Schools , Catawba County Schools , Hickory Public Schools , and Newton-Conover City Schools .

HTS is a comprehensive support program designed to increase the number of and retain more teachers in Alexander and Catawba counties. Launched initially in Alexander County two years ago, the program expanded to include Catawba County students last year.

Students selected for the program receive mentoring and financial assistance and participate in enrichment activities while pursuing an associate degree in pre-teaching from CVCC. Students may then transfer as a junior to a four-year university. In return, the students agree to teach four of seven years in their sponsoring county after graduation.

Students who received a scholarship from the Unifour Foundation, Inc. include Carla Black, Heather Connolly, Scott Curtis, Bryan Epley, Lynn Evans, Joe Glass, Ashley Greene, Larissa Lafon, Laurie Lewis Gina Sain, Brian Scott, Julius Smith, Jada Smith-Shuford, Charlene Thomas, Venessa Vega and Tina Walker.

The CVCC Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization established to foster and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of Catawba Valley Community College . For more information about this loan or making a tax-deductible gift to the CVCC Foundation, please contact Teresa Biggs, executive director, 828-327-7000, ext. 4288, or


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