TCC Announces $390,000 Gift

August 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 22, 2018)—Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has announced that it has received three gifts, including a $390,000 endowed fund from a former Wakulla County kindergarten teacher. Heather Mitchell, executive director of the Tallahassee Community College Foundation, announced the gifts at the August 20 meeting of the District Board of Trustees.

Kay Floyd, who taught kindergarten in Wakulla County, passed away this spring. Kay’s will stipulated a gift of $390,000 to TCC. This endowed gift will pay full tuition for 3 to 4 students every year. Kay had already established a separate athletic scholarship fund at TCC in the 1990s. The Tinsley and Kay Floyd Scholarship Fund had been created with a planned gift from Kay’s estate. Tinsley was an instructor at TCC for years and was an avid TCC Eagle Athletics fan. When he passed away, the College named an endowed scholarship in his honor.

Long time TCC faculty member Jeanne O’Kon, who helped shepherd the gift, was also life-long friends with Tinsley and Kay. “Tinsley was a wildly popular faculty member at TCC and Kay was just beloved,” O’Kon said. “She left a legacy of love and support of our students through her gift, which honors her husband and his love of TCC.”

TCC also announced two additional gifts at the Monday meeting. Steelcase and Perdue Office interiors donated $25,000 in furniture and Siemens donated $40,000 to develop curriculum and equip a learning lab on TCC’s main campus.

TCC launched its First Class Project in 2016 with an aim to renovate 50 classrooms on campus as part of the College’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Early in the process, Steelcase and Perdue Office Interiors became the preferred vendor for classroom furnishings.

“They worked with us to provide the very best equipment available for our students, while staying within budget and in our timeline. We just can’t thank them enough for their support,” noted Mitchell.

Steelcase’s $25,000 furniture donation will be matched, which will fund an entire classroom on campus.

Finally, Vice President of Workforce Innovation Kimberly Moore recognized Siemens for its support in the development of a Building Automation System (BAS) – Career and Technical Certificate as well as a Continuing Workforce Education track slated for the Fall 2019 semester. The initial $10,000 of the company’s $40,000 gift will be used to develop the framework and curriculum for each program, while the additional $30,000 will equip a BAS learning lab on TCC’s campus.

Marc Craddock, CEM of Higher Education Performance Solutions with Siemens said the company’s desire is to have a positive impact on the workforce of the future, while at the same time, providing the type of trained employee that companies like Siemens needs today.

“We are so proud to be in partnership with TCC,” Craddock said.

For additional information, contact Heather Mitchell at mitchelh@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-6067.