CBBC Bank gifts Pellissippi State Foundation with donation for workforce development

Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. and CBBC Bank President and CEO Mike Baker with a $25,000 check from the bank to the Pellissippi State Foundation
Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr., left, accepts a $25,000 donation from Mike Baker, president and CEO of CBBC Bank, on Friday, Nov. 9, in Maryville.

CBBC Bank has given $25,000 to the Pellissippi State Foundation for workforce development programs at Pellissippi State Community College.

Bank officials presented the donation to Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. on Friday, Nov. 9, at the bank’s downtown Maryville location.

“CBBC Bank supports Pellissippi State Community College because their programs and courses provide higher levels of education for the workforce, which in turn provides jobs for our community,” said CBBC Bank President and CEO Mike Baker. “Choosing to make an investment in workforce development programs gives local people a greater opportunity to stay in our community, creating a better livelihood for everyone.”

“We are very appreciative of this gift from CBBC,” Wise said. “Our Pellissippi State students certainly will benefit from their generosity, but so will the community as our students become better prepared to enter the workforce.”

Blount Partnership has announced 5,300 new jobs in Blount County alone since Gov. Bill Haslam took office in January 2011, and the average salary of those new jobs is $81,500, according to the Blount Partnership.

“Donations like this one from CBBC Bank help us expand our offerings that are targeted toward the job market in Blount County,” said Marilyn Roddy, director of Major Gift Development for the Pellissippi State Foundation. “Pellissippi State is working hard to address this economic explosion of new jobs across the region.”

That’s good news for local businesses like CBBC Bank.

“Pellissippi State is great for us because the college is training people who will stay here in our community – our family, our friends and our customers,” Baker said.

For more information on Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865.694.6400.