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Zane State College Kicks Off its "Building a Vibrant Community" Major Gifts Campaign

Zanesville, OH

"I honestly cannot remember a time when something this big and this exciting has happened in Guernsey County," said John Knight, Chairman and CEO, The Fabri-Form Company. Knight, who serves as the Zane State College Building a Vibrant Community major gifts campaign co-chair, addressed guests at the campaign kick-off ceremonies held at the Campus Center in Zanesville and the Willett-Pratt Training Center in Cambridge on May 25 and 26. "With a new comprehensive college, Cambridge will actually become a college town! Students who might not have pursued going to college before will now have greater access to affordable, close-to-home educational and training opportunities. As a member of this community, I can't think of anything more exciting or important than that."

Zane State's Building a Vibrant Community campaign will focus on four compelling initiatives:

  • The new Cambridge Campus will include community meeting rooms, modern laboratories and flexible classroom spaces to accommodate over 500 more students each term
  • The Scholarship Opportunities initiative will provide educational opportunities to many who find the cost of attending college out of reach
  • The Instructional Tools initiative will establish an endowment that will become the cornerstone to enhance technology, labs and instructional equipment; provide advanced training in emerging technologies and industries for existing employers and businesses locating to the region; and develop skill sets and technical knowledge of faculty to meet the changing needs of area employers
  • The Advanced Science and Technology Center initiative will ensure the college remains responsive to emerging workplace requirements and provide students the tools and ability to forge lifelong, rewarding careers while supporting the state's current and emerging growth sectors, such as science, technology, engineering, medicine and math (STEMM)
Knight, along with his wife Marta, were joined at the kick-off celebrations by college employees, stakeholders and members of the community. Zane State College President Dr. Paul Brown and several community leaders and business executives also spoke about their personal and very compelling reasons for supporting the campaign initiatives. Larry Caldwell, president and CEO (retired) of Camco Financial Corp./Advantage Bank, told the assembled crowd, "With these additional resources in the capable hands of a nationally recognized college, such as Zane State, we cannot even begin to fully appreciate the impact it will have on our community."

The Clements Group conducted a feasibility study for Zane State College in 2008 and Becky Mentesti, CG Senior Vice President, is currently serving as campaign counsel for their Building a Vibrant Community major gifts campaign. For additional information contact Pamela Jira, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and College Foundation, Zane State College at

September 2010