Johnson County Community College’s Foundation has met the “Wysong Challenge” by raising $3,291,032 to support the construction of a new hospitality and culinary academy on the college campus.
The “Wysong Challenge” is a set of initiatives intended to distinguish JCCC’s hospitality program at national and global levels. Former Kansas Senator David Wysong and his wife, Kathy, announced in May 2008 a $750,000 challenge gift to help raise funds in support of JCCC’s hospitality program, which eventually included the construction of a new facility.
In 2010, the college’s board of trustees challenged the Foundation to raise $3 million over 18 months to support the construction of such a facility. If the Foundation was able to raise the money, then the trustees pledged to give favorable consideration toward its construction. The monies would come from the college’s capital outlay fund and capital reserves, which are restricted to capital projects.