Donor Spotlight

Clearing Corporation Invests in SCCC

In February, Augusta resident Ira Polk presented a $100,000 contribution to the College on behalf of the Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation. The gift has been used to establish the Clearing Corporation Business Learning Center at Sussex County Community College.

The Clearing Corporation Business Learning Center has  become a special place on campus where the classrooms and student learning space look and feel more like a corporate environment than a traditional academic setting. The space has
helped to create a “community of learners” outside of the formal classroom. Mr. Polk first visited the SCCC campus in September 2003 when the September 11th monument was constructed. “As a Sussex County resident, I was proud to see a memorial established in our community to honor the fallen heroes.” Polk read about SCCC students reflecting on the tragedy as part of the Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony held on campus. “Their insights and spirit inspired me and I started paying closer attention to what was happening at the College. I was impressed with what I saw.”  Polk’s interest in SCCC moved him to reach out to the College’s Foundation to discuss a gift to benefit local students interested in careers in business.

Business Administration is the highest enrolled professional degree program at SCCC. The faculty and leadership at the College had dreamed of creating an integrated learning, research, study and meeting space for Business students to encourage a community of emerging professionals. The Polk gift has turned this vision into a reality. The Clearing Corporation Business Learning Center was officially dedicated on October 19, 2009.