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Stories of Success

From Columbia Law School to the high peaks of Nepal to the faculty of the University of Toronto, Tompkins Cortland Community College students and alums succeed in ways many of them never imagined before attending the College.

And the Foundation plays an essential role in their success. Whether through the direct support of scholarships, the development of innovative academic programs and initiatives like Farm to Bistro, or through the support of technology development and professional development, the Foundation provides essential support in student success.

Connecting the College

Alums who want to connect with the College and other alums can either contact the Foundation or list Tompkins Cortland Community College as in the "education" section of their LinkedIn profile. The Foundation uses LinkedIn to connect with alumni and to foster connections amongst alumni.

Story List

A student of the world

Living in the shadow of the world’s greatest mountains last year, Tompkins Cortland alum Justine Lewis spent most of her time working for something as seemingly small and simple as clean water.

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A New Childcare Center

With the need for affordable childcare in mind, the Foundation has begun a fundraising effort aimed at building a new childcare facility on campus that would expand capacity and strengthen academic programs.

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From Refuge Camp to Tompkins Cortland

Nobel Htoo is a Service Tradition Scholarship recipient at Tompkins Cortland. It’s as prestigious a scholarship as we have. It is earned, not given, with a serious commitment to community service and academics.

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Local cuisine and education in the heart of Ithaca

With its art deco sign and classic urban bistro interior, Coltivare combines the visual flare of NYC with a commitment to sourcing all of its food and beverages locally.

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An All-American at Home in Denmark

All-American, all-region, and all-conference on the soccer field. President of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Youngest United Way Community Campaign Board Co-Chair ever. And now a soccer player at the College of St. Rose in Albany.

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Organic produce, hands-on learning

While the College’s culinary center, Coltivare, attracts a large share of media attention, it is the TC3 Farm that truly makes the Farm to Bistro project unique.

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Going 'everywhere'

Standing in a chef's coat in the TC3 Eatery and looking every bit the part, Sam Trotman responded to a simple question about his post-graduation hopes: "I want to go everywhere."

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From the South Bronx to the Commencement Stage

It is the only commencement speech given in the new gymnasium’s eight-year existence that has elicited a standing ovation.

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A career, not just a job

There is no agreement on the origin of the aphorism "Youth is wasted on the young," (George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde have been credited, and there is the appearance in It’s a Wonderful Life), but you can certainly find agreement on the sentiment on any college campus.

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