In a few weeks, the Wellsville community has a chance to further the education of its youth.

The first annual Wellsville High School Concurrent Educational Endowment Foundation Gala is slated for 5:30 p.m. February 16 at Milestone Events, 506 Main St., Wellsville. The evening will start with music and drinks, with a dinner to be served at 7 p.m.

“By purchasing a ticket to attend you will enjoy a nice evening with friends, a catered meal, and musical entertainment,” event organizers said. “We value the skills your community brings to our community and look forward to working with you to create a sustainable workforce for our community.”

The gala is being hosted in support of the recently formed Wellsville High School Concurrent Educational Endowment Foundation, an organization with a goal to, “provide financial support to Wellsville High School students pursuing career goals through concurrent, career, and technical (vocational) educational opportunities,” group officials said.

The groups’ goals dovetail with the wide variety of career and technical education opportunities WHS offers.

“Through concurrent, career and technical (vocational) classes, Wellsville High School students can earn college credit, explore various career fields, develop job skills, and ease the transition into college,” the group’s release said. “Concurrent enrollment programs benefit students, families, and the community. Wellsville High School offers concurrent, career and technical programs through Neosho County Community College, Flint Hills Technical College, Allen County Community College, and Johnson County Community College.”

While the school now has 26 students enrolled in concurrent general education courses and 18 in career and technical education courses, financial costs are preventing more students from enrolling.

“We have another 14 that would have enrolled if finances were available,” group officials said. “Depending on the program a student is considering, these costs can run anywhere from $300 up to $2,000 for completion of a program certification.”

That is a need the Wellsville High School Concurrent Educational Endowment Foundation hopes to fill.

“To kick off our foundation we will be hosting a gala to help raise funds,” group officials said. “In the beginning, our hope is to help students who have a financial need, with our long-term goal of assisting all students interested in these courses.”

Community members have a variety of options for how to support the Foundation through their gala:

• Purchase a ticket to attend. ($100 per person.)

• Purchase a table for 8 guests ($650 per table.)

• Become an Original Benefactor for the foundation by donating $1,000. This will include a table for 8 at the gala, table advertising at this event, along with advertising on the group’s Facebook page and website.

“Unable to join us? Consider purchasing tickets or a table and give as a gift to your most valuable employees, friends, or family!” group officials said.