Ashley Charitable Foundation awards $500K to Itawamba Community College

Contribution shows ACF’s continued efforts to partner with higher education to help drive growth in the workforce

ECRU, Miss. – Ashley Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Ashley Furniture Industries LLC that is committed to supporting education and workforce development, has recently awarded $500,000 to Itawamba Community College in Tupelo, Mississippi.

With this donation, ACF has donated more than $1 million to support the Mississippi community since 2013.

In a ceremony that included Jay Allen, president of Itawamba Community College, the presentation included a special video submission by the governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, which was showcased at the event. This contribution marks ACF’s continued dedication to partnering with higher education institutions to drive growth in the workforce.

Ashley Chairman and Founder Ron Wanek, left, and Jay Allen, president of Itawamba Community College

ICC offers a diverse range of educational programs, providing students with various opportunities to excel in their education and careers.

Programs such as Information Systems Technology, Robotics and Automation, Welding and Cutting through the School of Career Education, as well as offerings through the School of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) allow students to receive hands-on training and expertise in high-demand fields. ICC also facilitates internships and apprenticeship opportunities with companies such as Ashley Furniture Industries, further preparing students for successful careers.

“Itawamba Community College exemplifies successful educational programs that adequately equip students to enter the workforce,” said Ron Wanek, founder and chairman of Ashley Furniture Industries. “We strongly believe in providing individuals with opportunities in the areas of STEM, and our partnership with Itawamba aligns perfectly with this vision.”

ACF has long supported STEM Initiatives in the state of Mississippi, actively contributing to organizations such as SkillsUSA, Technology Student Association and VEX Robotics. By championing these initiatives, ACF aims to nurture and inspire future leaders in the areas of STEM education.

Ashley Furniture Industries has maintained a strong presence in Mississippi since 1994, operating facilities in Ecru, Ripley, Verona and Saltillo. Over the years, the Ecru facility has grown to become the largest upholstery plant in the country, while the Saltillo operations have achieved the title of the largest mattress plant in the United States.

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