Charter Oak State College/CTDLC Workers Boost Local Education

Principal Lisa Eells and Gaffney Elementary students accept a donation from AFSCME Local 1214's Nancy Taylor, far right, and Lila Guillet.

AFSCME Local 1214 members who work for Charter Oak State College in New Britain and the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium in Newington channeled the holiday giving spirit directly into the education of young people.

The union spearheaded the donation of $955 to Gaffney Elementary School in New Britain for the purchase of 3 projectors that will allow teachers to access the internet during classroom instruction. Local 1214 also donated a Gateway laptop (app. $400) to Pathways/Senderos Center of New Britain, a local organization which helps teens stay in school and provides after school programming.

AFSCME Local 1214 member Nancy Taylor is the Assistant Director of Corporate Recruitment and Alumni Relations at Charter Oak. She also chairs the union’s charitable giving committee, which asked union members to nominate organizations in need of help.

Associate for Business Services Lila Guillet nominated Gaffney Elementary while Assistant Registrar Adeline Yllanes nominated Pathway/Senderos.

“Our union wants to support local charitable causes and we’re always looking for opportunities to support education,” Taylor said. “Gaffney School and Pathways/Senderos are in our sweet spot of education. They’re doing some wonderful things to help students in our community.”

Gaffney Principal Lisa Eells thanked the union for the donation. “We don’t have a lot of money here,” she said. “To receive a gift like this that supports our technology needs above and beyond what we have is extraordinarily thrilling.”

Pathway-Senderos Executive Director RoseAnne Bilodeau was also appreciative: “This laptop will be put to immediate use in our computer lab. We’re grateful to the workers at Charter Oak and Connecticut Distance Learning Center for their generosity.”

Senior management at COSC/CTDLC also contributed to this special effort.

l-r: Local 1214’s Adeline Yllanes and Lila Guillet; Pathway-Senderos’ Heather Mills and RoseAnne Bilodeau; and Local 1214’s Nancy Taylor.

AFSCME Local 1214 more than 60 public service workers at Newington-based CTDLC and New Britain-based Charter Oak State College, which is Connecticut's public online college offering associate and bachelor's degree completion programs in a number of high-demand fields.