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Zane State College and Local Companies Team Up to Benefit the Community

May 2011 – Zanesville, Ohio


Zane State College provided local firefighters with an invaluable learning opportunity by granting them access to the former County Home in Zanesville. The building, partially demolished as a gift from the Zemba Brothers to the college's Building a Vibrant Community campaign, provided the firefighters an opportunity to learn safe rescue operations in a crumbling building.

The week-long training was conducted under the direction of Bo Keck, director of the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency and Brent Gates, fire chief of the New Concord Fire Department and will lead to state certification for participating fire fighters representing 12 local fire companies. "To have such a large, multi-level structure like this available to us, made this a unique training opportunity," said Gates.

The building site will become the home for Zane State's new Advanced Science and Technology Center and will house much of the college's science, technology, engineering technology, math and medical (STEMM) programs. The college estimates a groundbreaking date of 2012.

"Usually we have to go into a property and do the demolition ourselves," said firefighter, Phillip Morris, who works as an instructor for Washington Township Regional Training through Bowling Green State University. "To have the building demolished in an hour so we can have more training time—you can't even put a value on that."

Zane State College President, Dr. Paul Brown noted the importance of serving as good stewards of the Muskingum County Commissioners' gifts by allowing the property to immediately benefit the community. "We deeply appreciate Zemba Brothers and the other companies that have helped us prepare this valuable training ground for area firefighters," Brown stated.

As of May, 2011, Zane State College has raised $9.2 million toward the four initiatives in the college's Building a Vibrant Community campaign. The funds will be utilized to build the Advanced Science and Technology Center in Zanesville, to expand the college's Cambridge training center into a full-service campus, to fund additional scholarships and to provide state-of-the art teaching tools.

The Clements Group is assisting Zane State College with its "Building a Vibrant Community" campaign. For more information regarding the Advanced Science and Technology Center visit the college website at or contact Pamela Jira, Executive Director Institutional Advancement and College Foundation at


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