Governor, Minges Bottling Group Team Up To Announce Scholarships

Governor Bev Perdue was in New Bern Monday helping the Minges Bottling group announce a $250,000 donation to community college education over the next 5 years.

Eight community colleges in the east will benefit from this program to help further education and training of people who couldn't afford it otherwise. While governor Perdue talked about community colleges and how they are critically important for training people for career pathways- the potential state budget cuts concerning education weren't far from her mind. Governor Perdue says her understanding is that the budget proposed by the state house would cut 22,000 public school teachers and teacher assistants, and is not acceptable.

"If I receive a budget from the general assembly that does not fund teachers adequately in schools across the state, that will dramatically impair a kid's ability to get a good education and to learn- then obviously I will veto the budget," said Perdue.

Governor Perdue says good education is fundamental to the success of North Carolina's work force and economy.

Governor Bev Perdue will return to her hometown of New Bern Monday to make a big announcement at the birthplace of Pepsi.

The governor and Jeff Minges, President and Chief Executive Officer of Minges Bottling Group, are teaming up to formally announce a $250,000 scholarship program. The announcement will be held at the Pepsi store in downtown New Bern Monday morning.

"Creating opportunities and giving back is part of a larger commitment to our community," said Minges. "Those of us who live in Eastern North Carolina see the effects of the current economy every day. Rising education costs and record unemployment rates have made higher education a challenge for many families, and we wanted to show our sincere commitment to education and the people of Eastern North Carolina."

According to Minges Bottling Group, the event will announce scholarship funds to eight community colleges in eastern Carolina over the next five years. The money will benefit 140 recipients.

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