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Bank of America Donates $20,000 in Two Years to SASP

April 23, 2010

      Through its donations of $10,000 a year for the last two years, Bank of America is making a marked difference in the lives of Anne Arundel Community College students who participate in its Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP).

      SASP provides academic support for first generation, low income and underprepared students as well as mentoring, financial aid assistance and special student support services.

      This fiscal year, Bank of America’s $10,000 donation helped hundreds of students who attended intensive career-related training in April. They received help with resume building, acquiring networking skills and improving personal attributes – habits, social graces, first impressions, work attitudes – that can make or break their ability to get and keep a job. Activities included workshops, a panel discussion and corporate fashion session.

      Last year, Bank of America agreed to fund literacy-related tutoring and literacy-related equipment purchases for SASP.

      “These are challenging times even for experienced workers who are seeking employment and especially daunting for someone seeking their first job,” said Janice Watley, SASP program director. “Many SASP students are the first in their families to attempt college and a professional career. Thanks to Bank of America, this group is receiving intensive individual and group assistance. They will leave AACC with a portfolio, a peer support network and a thorough understanding of workplace expectations so they can transition successfully into their chosen career.”

      Bank of America annually provides $200 million in grants to communities through philanthropic projects. One of the world’s largest financial institutions, Bank of America has about 59 million individual and small business customers, 6,000 retail banking offices and more than 18,000 ATMs nationwide. It also serves clients in more than 150 countries.

      For information on SASP or the donations, contact Watley at 410-777-1258, e-mail sasp@aacc.edu or visit www.aacc.edu/sasp.