Clinton Community College named Judy and Larry Jeffords of Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company co-chairs of Clearly Clinton, the school’s first ever capital campaign.
Every resident, whether they enroll or not, should benefit from Clinton Community College, says John Jablonski.
Clinton Community College's president said the institution's first ever capital campaign will work toward that goal.
“We couldn't be happier to have the support of Larry and Judy,” Jablonski said. “Their commitment and dedication to this project demonstrates their love of Clinton Community College and the people it serves.”
The Jeffords own a multi-million dollar engineering and manufacturing business that has been in operation since 1985. Mrs. Jeffords graduated from Clinton in 1971.
“We are honored to be co-chairmen of the Clearly Clinton Capital campaign for the new 21st Century Learning Commons,” Mr. Jeffords said.
Clearly Clinton is a five-year, $7.5 million fundraising effort to help build a 21st Century Learning Commons on campus. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $15 million, but the State University of New York will match the $7.5 million that Clearly Clinton raises.
The idea for the new state-of-the-art student learning center stems from the college's 2007 Facilities Master Plan. That plan found the existing library to be significantly undersized, poorly configured and woefully inadequate for students with disabilities.
In 2011, JMZ Architects and Planners and college officials envisioned a modern facility that includes traditional library functions, electronic research tools, areas for group and quiet study, tutoring services and accommodations for students with disabilities.
“We worked with various stakeholders rediscovering our mission and vision at Clinton Community College,” Jablonski said. “It took a year to do and that was time well spent.”
The community college should provide educational opportunities that enrich minds, strengthen the economy and improve quality of life.
“Wishing won't make it so,” Jablonski said. “We have to earn our greatness.”
This is the first capital campaign in the history of Clinton Community College. To date, it has raised nearly $500,000.
“By raising funds through private donors, we plan to avoid asking the county for capital construction finds for this project,” Jablonski said.
He said under the new co-chairs' leadership, Clearly Clinton will meet its goal.
“I can't tell you how much this college has helped our business,” Mr. Jeffords said.
Today, many youth are confused and don't know what they want to do with their lives. Clinton Community College offers them a tremendous opportunity, Mr. Jeffords said.
“This is fantastic, and it is a cause worth our efforts.”