Renovation Underway for Hardesty Student Success Center at TCC West Campus
The new Student Success Center provides integrated student support services with a one-stop philosophy designed to remove barriers from application to college through graduation. The facility was funded with a $1 million gift from the Hardesty Family Foundation as part of the $20 million Clearing the Pathway: The Campaign for Completion.
“It takes leaders in our community to invest in our students for us all to move the needle on college completion. Investments like this one can and will have a transformative effect on our students,” said TCC President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D.
Goodson, TCC Regent Chair Sam Combs and Hardesty Family Foundation representatives took part in breaking down a ceremonial wall to symbolize removing barriers.
“TCC plays a major role in training and educating our community. If we expect the Tulsa area to continue to grow, we need to ensure we have a properly educated workforce,” said Michelle Hardesty, Hardesty Family Foundation Executive Director. “This is about leveraging what we have to improve our community and we are thrilled to partner with TCC.”
The College opened the first Student Success Center at the Southeast Campus August 2019 with the help of the Vision Tulsa package approved by voters. The remaining three are funded by private dollars raised through TCC’s $20 million Clearing the Pathway: The Campaign for Completion, one of the most successful community college fundraising campaigns in the nation. The Campaign for Completion is designed to remove financial, navigational and physical barriers to a student’s success and graduation.
“We have invested those private dollars in ways that most directly benefit our students – to ensure they graduate and move into the workforce or transfer to a four-year university,” President Goodson said. “We can’t do this alone and the community is extremely generous in their engagement and financial support for reimagining higher education.”
The Hardesty Student Success Center on the TCC West Campus is expected to be completed by August 2020.