SPSCC sells naming rights to businesses

lpemberton@theolympian.comOctober 8, 2013 

South Puget Sound Community College officials announced Monday that the Olympia-based college has inked naming-rights agreements with two South Sound financial institutions: the Washington State Employees Credit Union and Heritage Bank.

The college will rename its Center for Career Services to the WSECU Center for Career Services, and its Center for Corporate Training to the Heritage Bank Center for Corporate Training.

“This is the first time we’ve done naming like this,” said college spokeswoman Kellie Purce Braseth.

She said she didn’t know how much the donations totaled, but added that the new names will likely be permanent.

“I can tell you right now, there’s no termination date,” Purce Braseth added.

The WSECU Center for Career Services will open when renovations at College Center (Building 22) are finished this winter at SPSCC’s main campus.

“That’s where students go for things like internships, job placements … résumé writing and all of those things that help them develop for the next step beyond and onto employment,” Purce Braseth said. “They’re the ones that put on the annual career fair. They do a lot of outreach to employers.”

The Heritage Bank Center for Corporate Training will remain at SPSCC’s Hawks Prairie Center until it moves to the college’s new Lacey campus, slated to open in 2015.

It offers a variety of certificate training programs such as business analysis, project management and leadership development, among others.

In separate news releases about naming agreements, SPSCC president Timothy Stokes said the donations will benefit students, the college and the greater community.

Ann Flannigan, WSECU’s vice president of public relations, described the new partnership as “a perfect fit.”

Heritage Bank’s senior vice president of retail banking and marketing director Cindy Huntley said. “We take extensive pride in strategic partnerships such as this, illustrating the importance of giving back to the communities we serve.”

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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