Jewelry Television (JTV) has again donated $5,000 to support the Roane State Foundation’s Pay-It-Forward Awards Program.
JTV is one of the nation’s largest jewelry retailers and supports more than 1,300 jobs at its 16-acre campus in Knoxville. It is located next to Roane State’s Knox County Health Sciences Center at 132 Hayfield Road, according to a news release.
The Roane State Foundation Pay-It-Forward Program provides student assistance to help them stay in school. This assistance may include assistance with books or tuition for graduating students and assistance with exam fees to obtain licenses and certifications.
The program also provides assistance in the form of one-time support for needs such as rent payments, utility bills or car repairs for those who may have reduced their hours of work or lost their jobs due to of COVID-19 or other economic challenges.
Once they have a job and are able to give back, students who receive Pay-It-Forward scholarships agree to help future Roane State students in need complete their education.
“Jewelry Television aims to open the world of jewelry and gemstones to everyone, so that the company has a strong educational foundation,” said Charlie Wagner, vice president and general counsel for the company. “With this in mind, we value higher education and help people improve their skills and training through formal education.”
“The college’s mission aligns with our values, and it’s important to support the community in which we live and work,” Wagner added. “The idea of a program that helps people succeed and empowers them to give back to others in need when they are able to foster the kind of community and servant leadership that is reminiscent of our culture at JTV. As such, we are proud to support the Roane State Foundation’s Pay-It-Forward program.”
JTV made its first $5,000 donation to the Pay-It-Forward program in 2019.
“We are very grateful for Jewelry Television’s continued support of this program,” said Roane State Chairman Chris Whaley. “Even with the scholarships and grants offered to our students, additional needs remain. The Pay-It-Forward program allows us to remove barriers to higher education so that our students can achieve their goals.
The College and Foundation have seen a dramatic increase in requests for emergency aid during the pandemic. The funds were used to pay for cellphone bills, internet access due to the increase in online classes, and to help students with housing costs. Pay-It-Forward funds were even used to replace worn-out work boots, according to a statement.
It is also important to cover the cost of licensing and certification exams for health science students, as passing these exams is necessary for careers.
JTV has a 28-year history and successful strategy to elevate the customer experience with 24-hour live television programming to 85 million US households. The company also has an industry-leading e-commerce platform and a strong social media presence.
As part of its commitment to customer satisfaction and the development and distribution of educational content, JTV employs many licensed gemologists and credentialed jewelry professionals. For more information, visit JTV.com and JTV’s social networks on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
Roane State is a two-year college offering transfer programs, career preparation programs, and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Scott counties, as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit roanestate.edu or call (865) 882-4554.
Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free through the new Reconnect Grant. Learn more at roanestate.edu/reconnect.
The Roane State Foundation is a separate 501c3 corporation governed by an independent Board of Directors and established to provide financial support for Roane State students and programs. For more information or to donate to support Roane State students, visit roanestate.edu/foundation, email [email protected], or call (865) 882-4507.