Capital One Bank Invests in Discovery College at SLCC

Capital One Bank is investing in South Louisiana Community College by providing grant funding to Discovery College, SLCC’s summer camp program. The bank recently granted $25,000 to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) camps within the summer-long Discovery College series.

Discovery College at SLCC is an annual summer camp program designed for young adults ages 12 through 18 (grades 6 to 12) and includes STEM-related sessions, along with ACT prep, aviation, fine & performing arts, culinary, first aid sessions, and more.

The Capital One grant provides three-fold funding: marketing dollars to recruit students and families interested in Discovery College; supplies for summer camp programming; and full- or partial need-based scholarships for lower socio-economic individuals. Camp scholarships will be based on Free or Reduced Lunch status within each student’s secondary school.

“Capital One Bank is pleased to support STEM sessions that will be a part of SLCC’s summer camp program,” said Grant Guillotte, Southwest Louisiana Market President for Capital One Bank. “As a leading corporate citizen in Acadiana and across Louisiana, we want to help people, including those in our region, develop skills for the 21st century. Through our Future Edge initiative, announced in 2015, Capital One is providing $150 million in community grants and initiatives over five years companywide to help empower more Americans to succeed in the digital economy. Our support of SLCC’s summer camp, and the STEM-related sessions in particular, is one of the many ways Future Edge is benefitting the people of South Louisiana.”

One-week camp sessions begin May 30 through June 30 and July 17 through August 4 at multiple campus locations throughout SLCC’s service area. Camps are offered from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and noon to 4:30 p.m., depending on the particular camp session. Each Discovery College camp costs $150 or less, which includes a camp t-shirt, snacks and beverages, and all materials and supplies.

 “Capital One understands the importance of ‘planting the seed’ for college within young adults,” said Lana Fontenot, SLCC’s associate vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “Exposing middle- and high-school students, especially at-risk individuals, to exciting subjects like performing arts, robotics, or animation can begin to open their minds to what their futures can hold with college and their careers.”

For more information about SLCC’s Discovery Camps, please call (337) 521-9000.

SLCC is a comprehensive community college that serves more than 10,000 students annually and operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte.

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One applies the same principles of innovation, collaboration, and empowerment in its commitment to its communities across the country. Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business, and good places to raise families – benefits us all.