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Clearly Clinton Campaign Announces Campaign Co-Chairs

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Owners of Jeffords Steel and Engineering to Lead Fundraising Efforts




PLATTSBURGH, NY – (January 6, 2012)
Clinton Community College will have two notable names leading the colleges largest fundraising effort to date. Larry and Judy Jeffords of Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company will co-chair the Clearly Clinton Campaign for the next 5 years.

The campaign is a five-year, $7.5 million dollar fundraising effort to help build a 21st Century Learning Commons on campus. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $15 million dollars. The State University of New York will match the $7.5 million that the Clearly Clinton Campaign raises. Under the leadership of the campaign’s co-chairs, the Clearly Clinton campaign will start its major push to raise critical dollars to fund this exciting and necessary project.

Clinton Community College President John Jablonski said, “We couldn’t be happier to have the support of Larry and Judy. Their commitment and dedication to this project demonstrates their love of Clinton Community College and the people it serves.”

The Jeffords both have deep ties to the North Country. Not only do they own a successful multi- million dollar engineering and manufacturing business that has been in operation since 1985, but Judy is also a proud alumna of Clinton’s first graduating class in 1971.

Larry Jeffords said, “We are honored to be Co-Chairmen of the Clearly Clinton Capital Campaign for the new 21st Century Learning Commons. Judy, as a graduate of Clinton, and as owners of Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company, we realize the educational opportunities and workforce development the College offers is invaluable to the people of Clinton County.”

The recommendation to build a new state- of- the art student learning center stems from the College’s 2007 Facilities Master Plan. In that plan it was noted the existing library is significantly undersized and poorly configured for a college of its size.

In 2011, JMZ Architects and Planners confirmed the college and its students need a modern facility that includes traditional library functions, electronic research tools, areas for group study and for quiet study, tutoring services and accommodative services for students with disabilities.

“The plan is to incorporate all of these academic functions into a single 21st Century Learning Commons.” President Jablonski said. “By raising funds through private donors, we plan to avoid asking the county for capital construction funds for this project.”

This is the first capital campaign in the history of the College. Even before the co-chairs were announced, prominent businesses and members of the community have pledged significant gifts totaling nearly $500,000.

Steven G. Frederick, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement said, “I cannot think of a better gift or a bigger impact for every student on this campus then building a state-of-the art learning commons. This is a gift that will continue to give for years to come.”

Larry Jeffords said, “The economic future of Clinton County will rely on the industriousness and education of its workforce. That future is brighter with the help of a continually improving Clinton Community College.”

The Clearly Clinton Campaign will wrap up on June 31, 2016 or when the campaign goal has been successfully achieved.