Fifth Third Bank Donates $25,000 to International College

The "Carry the Torch" fundraising campaign raises money for the construction of new buildings to meet the College’s anticipated growth.

"It’s a goal of Fifth Third Bank to give back to the communities that we live and work," said Colleen M. Kvetko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Third Bank, Florida. "We have seen the educational opportunities International College is providing in Lee and Collier counties. They have targeted and are succeeding in serving the non-traditional college student—an adult going back to school or starting school for the first time. International College is playing a major role in educating the local workforce. We have seen it first-hand." Kvetko said she was also impressed with International College’s certified financial planner curriculum. In January 2001, International College became the only local college to offer a curriculum approved by the Denver-based Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Completion of International’s courses qualifies education requirements to sit for the CFP Board’s national examination. Designation from the CFP Board is considered one of the most prestigious by banking and financial industry professionals. International College is one of 12 Florida colleges and universities to offer a CFP Board-approved program.

"Having a local CFP-Board program is a tremendous asset for the banking industry," Kvetko said. "International’s program is one that Fifth Third plans to take full advantage of. We applaud the school’s officers for recognizing an opportunity and then acting on it and filling a void."

"We’re extremely grateful for the gift from Fifth Third Bank," said Louis Traina, Ed.D., Vice President of Institutional Advancement at International College. "They have acknowledged the critical need that International College is addressing locally. We will continue to focus our efforts to provide programs of study that will benefit the business, financial and banking communities."

International College, with a main campus in Naples, was founded in 1990 and has 1,117 students and offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in 12 fields of study. Class schedules and academic delivery methods are geared toward the working adult. The average student age is 32. International College is also located in Fort Myers and Sarasota and on Edison Community College campuses in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. The College recently added a sixth site at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey.
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