Message from Joyce Taylor
The PTC Foundation faced tremendous opportunities and challenges when it was formed in 1991. The college was literally bursting at its seams and was in dire need of more space, better facilities, additional faculty members, and of course, funding. The Foundation and its board went to work and have not stopped raising awareness, friends and money. Today Pulaski Technical College is the largest two-year college in Arkansas and the state’s fourth largest college or university.
Under the leadership of PTC President Dr. Margaret Ellibee, the college is placing even greater emphasis on student retention and course completion. We are pleased with enrollment growth, but we are even more excited each time a student completes requirements for graduation. Our goal is to prepare students to become responsible and productive citizens. We strive to offer students the help they need to excel in today’s economic environment.
Our successful grants program has allowed us to enhance and expand our educational opportunities and academic programs. The PTC Foundation has proven itself a good steward of monies from private, corporate and governmental sources and raised more than $15 million in grant funding in the past five years. We continue to apply for and receive grant funding from a variety of sources each year.
The PTC Foundation currently awards a large number of scholarships, yet from still meager funds, to students in need of financial assistance for tuition or textbooks each year. A discretionary fund is also maintained by the Foundation to provide monies for students with immediate needs such as transportation.
None of these activities or accomplishments would have been possible without generous community support generated by special events, in-kind or outright gifts and through planned giving. The philanthropy of donors who continue to see potential in our two-year college has helped PTC to advance on every level. We are forever grateful.
Pulaski Technical College Foundation