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Tuesday ribbon cutting, reception celebrate opening of Germanna offices at Central Park, re-naming of Central Park Town Center

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The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and reception to celebrate the opening of Germanna Community College’s Educational Foundation and Marketing and Public Information offices and renaming of Central Park Town Center at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1320 Central Park Blvd., across from Funland.

A donation by The Rappaport Companies  of 2,300 square feet of space for three years is providing the college with an address in the city. GCC has campuses at Massaponax and Locust Grove and centers in Stafford and Culpeper. No classes will be offered at the Central Park location.

Germanna’s Educational Foundation and marketing department have moved from the Locust Grove Campus to Central Park.

Mike Catell, director of Germanna’s Educational Foundation, said: “The foundation is very grateful to The Rappaport Companies for this investment in Germanna. It gives us a presence in a densely populated area that’s centrally located to our service area.” Germanna serves an area the size of the state of Delaware, including Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Orange, King George, Caroline and Madison. In addition to serving about 7,000 students taking credit classes, it provides non-credit workforce training that quickly and affordably prepares thousands of  local people for new careers in fields that are hiring and supports local businesses by providing on-site training, keeping employee skills up to date and companies competitive.

Jane Wallace, president of the GCC Educational Foundation, said it raises funds to help the college fulfill its mission to provide accessible, quality educational and training opportunities to all students, regardless of financial need.

Katie Thisdell writes about the Rappaport Companies’ donation here.