The Campaign for Onondaga Community College will put vitally needed resources behind priority projects that support the College’s steadily growing student population and make a college education possible for more people in the Central New York community. With the launch of the public phase, the campaign is expected to continue through December 2010.
“Almost five decades ago, the leaders and citizens of our community envisioned a college that would be defined by access, a college that would serve not only a select few, but a college that is for all of the people who have the desire and the will to transform their lives through higher education,” said Onondaga Community College President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D. The College’s significant progress over the past decade has brought us to where we are now—welcoming this fall our largest incoming freshman class in history, and announcing today the launch of a transformational Capital Campaign that will allow us to even more fully realize the vision that this College was founded upon.” Full remarks
Reach Beyond is only the second capital campaign in Onondaga Community College’s nearly 50-year history and it marks the College’s most ambitious fundraising effort to date. The largest cash gift thus far was a $525,000 gift received earlier this year during the leadership, or “quiet” phase from the Syracuse Research Corporation.
“The student population at Onondaga Community College comes predominantly from Onondaga County and the majority of these students – nearly 90 percent - remain in the community after they graduate,” said campaign co-chairman Allen J. Naples, President, Syracuse Region, M&T Bank. “The efforts of the capital campaign give the administration the ability to grant more scholarships on an annual basis to more individuals. We’ve seen through the foundation, numerous situations of students who have said to us that if it wasn’t for the scholarships, they would not have been able to continue with their education and would have had to drop out. That’s not the intent of this institution.”
“Over the last few years we’ve had many job openings for engineers, scientists and support personnel – all of whom could be educated right here in Central New York,” said campaign co-chairman Robert U. Roberts, president and chief executive officer of Syracuse Research Corporation. “That’s really what we need is people who have roots here and can stay in the community and help grow the economy. It’s a tremendous opportunity for all of us. It’s a win-win situation.”
The priorities of the Reach Beyond campaign stem from the vision and strategic goals of the College and focus on academic achievement, access, innovation and creativity. Specifically, the Campaign supports four major initiatives that will improve the quality of life and learning for students and allow the College to more effectively respond to the educational needs of the community.
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