Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation – CGCC

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Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation

Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation

Proudly supporting the mission and vision of Columbia-Greene Community College, the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation raises funds that support students, academic programs, and teaching excellence.

Since 1966, the generosity of the community has helped ensure C-GCC’s ability to provide access to an exceptional education for its students. As a result, our alumni include leaders in nearly all industries – serving communities across the region, the nation, and the globe.

Now, our mission centers on the students of today, and assisting the College in cultivating a new class of leaders: those who will build tomorrow, together.

Greene County Cares Fund

New paths to college degrees, professional certificates, and personal development have been forged for Greene County residents through the creation of the Greene County Cares Fund.

The Greene County Cares Fund launched on August 17, 2020, following approval of a resolution by the Greene County Legislature directing $181,600 to the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation. The Fund is providing assistance now to Greene County students seeking to enroll in credit and/or non-credit classes and will be disseminated among four initiatives:

  • Greene Light to Enrollment Fund, providing tuition support for recent Greene County high school graduates and non-traditional students seeking to earn a degree or certificate;
  • CoGreene Satellite Programs Fund, covering faculty salaries and other expenses for pilot programs in Entrepreneurial Studies to be offered at the Cairo Public Library, Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School, and other sites to be determined;
  • Emergency Transportation Fund, helping students who need travel assistance get from Greene County to the campus by providing gas cards, E-Z Passes, bus fare, and cab fare, and
  • Academic Coaching Program Fund, providing a special, semester-long tutoring, mentoring, and coaching program to ensure the academic success of at-risk Greene County students.

Greene County residents interested in scholarship assistance through the Greene Light to Enrollment Fund are encouraged to apply now. For more information, call Joan Koweek, executive director of the C-GCC Foundation, at 518.697.6369.

Student Emergency Fund 

When the pandemic turned the world upside down, many C-GCC students lost their jobs, and now face nearly insurmountable challenges to keep their lives intact. Through a special initiative that ended July 1, 2020, SUNY offered a $50,000 matching grant, made possible by an anonymous donor. With your assistance, the C-GCC Foundation achieved their goal and received that grant! Thanks to everyone who was a part of the success of this campaign! The emergency continues, however, and our students can still use your help.

Every dollar raised by the Foundation helps students affected by COVID-19 stay on track to earn a degree or certificate. To send a check, mail to C-GCC Foundation, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, N.Y. 12534. For more information, please contact the C-GCC Foundation at or call 518.697.6369.

Laptop Loan Program

The C-GCC Foundation offers a Laptop Loan Program for students enrolled in classes at C-GCC. Students may borrow a laptop for the duration of the semester. Availability may vary. Contact the C-GCC Foundation at or call Christine Perry, director of development at 518.697.6368.