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Levine Foundation gift helps CPCC start veterans' center

The Howard R. Levine Foundation has given CPCC two grants, including a $400,000 gift that will enable the school to establish a scholarship fund for military veterans and launch a veterans’ resource center.

The other grant, for $100,000, will be used by CPCC to hire additional part-time faculty members to deal with enrollment growth.

The Howard R. Levine Veterans Scholarship Fund will provide financial help to U.S. military veterans who lack GI Bill benefits of whose benefits won’t pay for all their educational costs. And the Levine Veterans Resource Center, to be built at CPCC’s Levine Campus in Matthews, will provide counseling, academic advisors and other help for veterans in school.

“Providing access to education and resources is crucial to ensuring that returning service men and women receive the training and support they need,” said Howard Levine, chairman of the board and CEO of the Family Dollar store chain founded by his father, Leon. The Levine family and foundation are long-time supporters of CPCC and other educational institutions in the Charlotte area.

“Words alone cannot express my sincere appreciation for what our military members have endured to serve our country,” Levine added. “It’s my hope that through these grants, CPCC will continue to be a trusted resource for our veterans, giving them the tools they need to ensure their future success.”

CPCC President Tony Zeiss said the school’s enrollment has grown as U.S. service members return from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Over the past five years, CPCC has experienced a dramatic increase in U.S. veteran enrollment,” Zeiss said, adding that the Levines’ grants will “help the college meet the needs of these deserving individuals who have served their country.”

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