Our Work for Students, Supporting Champions For Learning

You’re Invited! Center for Innovation Community Open House: October 27th

You’re Invited!

Join us on October 27 to celebrate the Community Open House of the
Frank and Ellen Daveler Center for Innovation in Learning!

8:00-10:00am (8:30am Ribbon Cutting)

For over thirty years, Champions For Learning has been involved in preparing students for their future learning and career goals, utilizing the lab space within our office building to not only inspire students’ ambitions but to help them reach their goals.

Longtime Champion, Frank Daveler, was always grateful to facilitate students’ ambitions as they pursued their own success through opportunities otherwise inaccessible. Because of the $500,000 contribution from Frank and his late wife, Ellen, Champions For Learning was able to launch the Frank and Ellen Daveler Center for Innovation in Learning, allowing the lab space to be reimagined, moving the new Center into the future.

We mourned the passing of Frank last November, just two weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. Frank generously supported both Champions For Learning and FGCU’s School of Entrepreneurship after launching and selling more than a dozen companies in aerospace, engineering and manufacturing. A quote on his business card says, “Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” Words he was said to have lived by.

With a Grand Opening scheduled for October 27th, the Frank and Ellen Daveler Center for Innovation in Learning expands the capacity and opportunities for Champions For Learning to support innovation between teachers, students, parents, volunteers and community partners. The strongest theme is collaboration, as the spaces are meant to be rearranged to become functional lab spaces where students, teachers, and community partners can come together to discuss and innovate.

We believe the Davelers would have enjoyed seeing students, teachers and community members engaged in this way in this vibrant new space, creating opportunities for our community to connect with students as they prepare for their futures and to inspire solutions to complex challenges.