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Monday, November 15, 2010 - 2:23pm

The Cummins Foundation has given $50,000 over a three-year period toward the purchase of educational equipment for JCC's new science center.

The Cummins gift will provide several compound and dissecting microscopes, as well as a global warming and greenhouse effect lab kit, for the science center. The 26,762 square foot facility, which is scheduled for completion in January 2011 on the Jamestown Campus, will house JCC's biology, biotechnology, chemistry, and geology programs.

“We are very pleased to support JCC in the construction of its new science building,” said Dave Porter, plant manager of Cummins' Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP). “We have worked with JCC on a number of initiatives over the years and consider JCC an essential partner in the community."

The $12 million Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building will provide quality science education to area students and help provide future employment opportunities in emerging high-tech fields, according to JCC President Gregory T. DeCinque.

“Because science and technical education is essential for our country to be globally competitive, JCC is upgrading its science facilities, laboratories, and equipment so our students' first college level science experiences build a solid foundation for their future studies and work,” said Dr. DeCinque.

The facility will also be a resource for the community by providing science training and sustainability education for area primary and secondary students and their teachers, and serving as a visual showcase of science, green technology, and sustainability.

"We see JCC as an important partner in education initiatives not only for our employees but for the entire community," noted Ken Sensanbaugher, JEP human resources director.

Porter and Sensanbaugher were joined by other Cummins officials, including JEP Community Involvement leader Angie Peck and JEP Community Involvement team members Doug Sandmeyer and Tom Swanson, in presenting the gift to JCC during a tour of the science center.

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