A Dutchess Community College (DCC) student is one step closer to a career in advanced manufacturing, after receiving Tompkins Mahopac Bank’s (TMB) Make and Accelerate Scholarship. Olti Begaj of Poughkeepsie was awarded with this year’s scholarship, which covers $1,000 of his tuition fees. An aspiring electrical technician, Begaj is enrolled in DCC’s Electrical Technology Program and is on track to graduate with his associate’s degree in May 2020.

“The [Make and Accelerate] Scholarship has paid for my tuition expense, allowing me to focus on my academic pursuits,” Begaj said. “Without [TMB’s] donation, I wouldn’t be able to achieve the grades necessary to fulfill my professional ambition of becoming an electrical technician.”