Plum Creek Contributes $10,000 for New FVCC Nursing and Health Science Center

Kayleen Kohler, Plum Creek Director of Human Resources, and Tom Ray, Plum Creek VP Northwest Resources & Manufacturing, with FVCC President, Jane Karas, Ph.D. The Plum Creek Foundation presented FVCC with a $10,000 grant for their new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science.

The Plum Creek Foundation has contributed a $10,000 grant to the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation to help fund the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science which includes a student health clinic on the college’s Kalispell campus.

The $5.75 million center will accommodate the college’s expansion of its nursing, emergency management and related health science programs to help meet the need for skilled health care professionals in Northwest Montana.  The center also will include a 1,000-square-foot student health clinic which will provide basic health care services for low income students.

“This new facility will enable FVCC to enhance our health science programs and provide limitless opportunities for our students,” said FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D.  “We are grateful to the Plum Creek Foundation who understand the importance of quality health care in our community and support our vision to provide affordable health care to our students through the new student health clinic.  More than 70 percent of our students depend on financial assistance to attend college, and many cannot afford health insurance.”

Construction of the center is expected to begin in May 2012 and be completed by January 2013.

“Following the lead gift of $4 million from the Broussard family, this generous gift from the Plum Creek Foundation brings us closer to raising the additional $1 million needed to fund the new center,” said Karas.  “To date, through the efforts of the FVCC Foundation, we have raised half of the funds needed.”

Founded in 1967, Flathead Valley Community College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees that enable students to transfer easily to four-year colleges and universities in Montana and beyond. FVCC also offers over 50 career and technical programs that  prepare students to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.  The college attracts students from Northwest Montana to its campuses located in Kalispell and Libby.  For more information or to make a donation to the campaign, call (406) 756-3963 or donate online at www.fvcc.edu/campaign.html.

Since 1999, the Plum Creek Foundation has donated more than $130,000 to support programs and building funds at FVCC.

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 Plum Creek is the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the nation with approximately 6.8 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. In Montana, Plum Creek practices sustainable forestry on all of its 901,000 acres throughout the western part of the state. For more information on Plum Creek in Montana, visit www.plumcreek.com/montana

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