Sandy Miller, who is providing leadership for the Fulfilling the Promise campaign in Harlan County, hosted the event, along with her son, Will, who is a physicians assistant and a former instructor at SKCTC.
The event was held to create awareness of SKCTC's allied health and nursing programs. These programs will benefit from the funds raised during the Fulfilling the Promise campaign.
Milton Borntrager, who is the nursing program coordinator at SKCTC, spoke about how important the nursing program is to the area.
"If you are concerned about a nursing shortage," he said, "that should never happen here."
Joel Eldridge, who is the Harlan campus director, discussed the significance of students being able to study close to home.
"Our students deserve the right to a quality education while staying at home right here in Harlan County," Eldridge said.
Johnnie Bargo, who is the nurse manager in ICU at ARH, and Anna Eldridge, who is the manager of cardiopulmonary services at ARH, both completed programs at SKCTC. Both women spoke about how important the programs had been to their success.
The Fulfilling the Promise campaign was kicked off in July of 2004.
The goal is to raise $4,750,000 for the college, and the campaign will run through 2008.
Money raised through the Fulfilling the Promise campaign will be used to fund endowed student scholarships, the Southeast Scholars program and other programs at the colleges.
As of Aug. 26, SKCTC has raised slightly more than $3,000,000 of the $4,750,000 goal in gifts, pledges and gifts-in-kind.