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Foundation Receives $10,000 Donation From Somerset Trust Company

Posted January 3, 2024 at 2:50 pm

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation was presented with a check for $10,000 from Somerset Trust Company. This donation is intended to bolster the College’s Educational Income Tax Credit (EITC) fund.

The donation will enable the bank (based in Somerset, PA), as well as other institutions, to support educational causes offered by the College. With Penn Highlands also applying for and maintaining its EITC status, the donation will help allow the College to offer classes at a reduced price for its Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program/dual enrollment students.

“John Kubinsky, who is on our Foundation Board of Directors, has been very generous to the college over the years,” stated Carole VanMeter, Director of the Foundation. “He has made multiple donations, and this year he chose EITC. John believes in our mission and values growth in our community.”

EITC assists high school students in taking college-level courses, while earning credits and seeing what Penn Highlands can offer in their respective futures.

“Somerset Trust Company is pleased to support the community-focused, educational mission of Penn Highlands,” stated John Kubinsky, Somerset Trust Company Vice President and Commercial Credit Officer. “The College is a valued asset to our area. Its degrees and programs support the region’s ongoing economic and workforce needs.”

The EITC Program received $17,000 in funds in 2023, allowing the College to award more than 7,000 credits at discounted rates to over 2,000 participating students in the past year alone.