Glenn G. Shaheen & Associates, Inc. Consulting Engineers presented a donation check to the River Parishes Community College Foundation, Inc. on Jan. 19 to assist the college in educating students from the River Parish Region in south Louisiana. The check for $2,500 was the first donation to the school’s foundation under the first annual fund raising campaign. That campaign officially kicked off Jan. 1.
Glenn Shaheen and his wife Glenda made the presentation to Dr. Joe Ben Welch, chancellor of RPCC, at GSA headquarters in Gonzales.
"We are thrilled to receive this donation from GSA," said Welch. "GSA and the Shaheen's have been wonderful partners to RPCC for several years now. They really have a heart for education, and for this college."
The purpose of the RPCC foundation is to raise funds for scholarships and other worthy projects on campus. The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, established to provide assistance to RPCC by promoting the educational and cultural welfare of the college and its facilities. The foundation articulates the aims, objectives and needs of the college to the public, and solicits and accepts gifts, grants, and funds of all kinds.
Those donations may include money to be used for scholarships, research, teaching or training, and other designated benefits for the college. Donations may also include property.
GSA Consulting Engineers is a general consulting engineering firm with offices in both Gonzales and Baton Rouge. The company boasts 23 employees who have a wide range of experience in the engineering field. They provide expertise to projects of all types, including hydraulic engineering, municipal engineering, transportation services and planning services.
The company has won awards for work on Jambalaya Park in Gonzales in 2005 and the environmental enhancements of wastewater facilities in Gonzales in 2006. They also won an award in 2006 for work on the sewer collection and treatment system in Henderson.
"We are firm believers in education, particularly local colleges. We are strong supporters of RPCC, and see this as a way to give back to the community," said Shaheen. "We love this community, and love this college. This is the second year that GSA has made this donation to River Parishes Community College and hopefully we can continue this support in the future."
River Parishes Community College is an open admissions, SACS-accredited, two-year college offering a wide range of day, evening, and online courses. Classes taken at RPCC are transferable to any college or university in the state. RPCC offers associate degree programs in General Science, Liberal Arts, Science in Teaching and General Studies, with concentrations including Environmental Science, General Business, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science. To apply for admission, or for more information, log on to www.rpcc.edu.