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Trinity is scheduled to break ground on a $40 million, state-of-the-art academic center in mid-2014.

The Trinity Academic Center, planned as a LEED-certified building, will feature classrooms and top-flight instructional technologies, as well as biology, chemistry, nursing and health care profession laboratories.

The benefactors are numerous, including business leader Joan Payden, Trinity class of 1953, who donated $10 million for the planned 80,000-square-foot center. Founder and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Payden & Rygel private investment firm, Ms. Payden gives to other groups, too, and her giveback to her alma mater will help Trinity build its first new academic building since 1963.

For sure, Chavonne plans to be one of the first beneficiaries of the Trinity Academic Center.

Trinity faculty is helping me to dream, and my dream is to get a degree in health and social sciences and start a nonprofit to empower young girls — to remind them how smart, beautiful and self-reliant they are and can be,” she said.

“God’s already instilled us,” said Chavonne. “Sometimes we need a little push as a reminder.”

Praise the Lord that Trinity keeps on pushing Chavonne and countless other women to prepare them for life.

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