Foundation awards $13K in We Are Warriors Grants

INA, Ill. (Feb. 25, 2020) — More than $13,000 in employee giving and community sponsorships were awarded as grants to programs last week at Rend Lake College.

The spring 2020 recipients of the RLC Foundation "We Are Warriors" grants were announced in front of the entire RLC workforce during the college's in-service training on Feb. 18.

Recipients and sponsors of the spring 2020 We Are Warriors grants through the Rend Lake College Foundation are pictured above. SEATED, FROM LEFT, are; RLCF CEO Kay Zibby-Damron, Dean of Applied Science and Advanced Technology Gabriele Farner, Student Success Coordinator Sarah Draper, Agriculture Professor Kathy Helmers, RLCF Assistant Director Kelsey Page, and Executive Assistant to the President Cathy DeJarnette. STANDING, FROM LEFT, are; Joe Gliosci, Illinois Region President, Legence Bank; Eric Black, R.Ph., Owner, The Medicine Shoppe; Cosmetology Instructor Melissa Bertschi; Medical Coding Instructor Lora Phillips; Visual Communication Design Professor Jennifer Tarantino-Linsin;  Heavy Equipment Technology Associate Professor Zachary Vahlkamp; Psychology Professor Dr. Jeannie Mitchell; Automotive Technology Professor Shannon Perkins; Theatre Professor Tracey Webb; Welding Technology Instructor Mike Meinert; Grantwriter Kathy Evans; Computer Networking Professor Chris Sink; Amanda Basso-Shurtz, CEO, Crossroads Community Hospital; and RLCF Board of Directors Vice Chair Mary Ellen Aiken. Click on the image for a larger version.   Recipients and sponsors of the spring 2020 We Are Warriors grants through the Rend Lake College Foundation are pictured above. SEATED, FROM LEFT, are; RLCF CEO Kay Zibby-Damron, Dean of Applied Science and Advanced Technology Gabriele Farner, Student Success Coordinator Sarah Draper, Agriculture Professor Kathy Helmers, RLCF Assistant Director Kelsey Page, and Executive Assistant to the President Cathy DeJarnette. STANDING, FROM LEFT, are; Joe Gliosci, Illinois Region President, Legence Bank; Eric Black, R.Ph., Owner, The Medicine Shoppe; Cosmetology Instructor Melissa Bertschi; Medical Coding Instructor Lora Phillips; Visual Communication Design Professor Jennifer Tarantino-Linsin; Heavy Equipment Technology Associate Professor Zachary Vahlkamp; Psychology Professor Dr. Jeannie Mitchell; Automotive Technology Professor Shannon Perkins; Theatre Professor Tracey Webb; Welding Technology Instructor Mike Meinert; Grantwriter Kathy Evans; Computer Networking Professor Chris Sink; RLCF Board of Directors Member Amanda Basso-Shurtz, and Vice Chair Mary Ellen Aiken. Click on the image for a larger version.   

We Are Warriors Grants:

  • Medical Coding will get overhead document cameras and wall power adapters  
  • Industrial Electronics will get a conveyor belt 
  • Heavy Equipment / Ag Mechanics / Diesel will get a magnetic drill press and cutter kit
  • Ag Business Production will get soil test kits 
  • Architecture will get 3D printers and materials 
  • Automotive Technology will get a transducer kit 
  • Welding Technology will get equipment 
  • Visual Communication Design will get a grid table for the laser cutter 
  • Theatre will get two-way radios 
  • Psychology will get a human skull model 
  • Esthetics / Cosmetology will get LED machines and microcurrent device 
  • Grantwriting will get Makery components 
  • Wellness Program will get supplies for the wellness room

 We Are Warrior funds are predominately generated by RLC employee giving to the Foundation. This year, three community sponsors stepped forward to assist — Affordable Gas & Electric, Legence Bank, and Eric and Linda Black of The Medicine Shoppe. Please contact us if your business is interested in supporting Rend Lake College programs. 


CEO of the Rend Lake College Foundation
Phone Extension: 1214
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Office: 210
M.S., Capella University | B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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