OCC Announces New Partnership

ABOVE: IBEW/NECA presents a $350,000 check to the Onondaga Community College Foundation inside the SRC Arena and Events Center. (L-R:) John Zacharek, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Onondaga Community College Foundation; Margaret M. “Mag” O’Connell, Interim Onondaga Community College President; Donald Morgan, Business Manager, IBEW Local 43; Marilyn Oppedisano, Executive Manager, NECA Finger Lakes Chapter.

Partners in Scholarship...
Onondaga Community College and IBEW/NECA are proud to announce a new partnership which will create student scholarships and improve athletic and cultural experiences for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Together, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 43, and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Finger Lakes Chapter, are giving the College a generous gift totaling $350,000, which will be used to add additional funds to the existing “IBEW/NECA Community Scholars Scholarship.” The IBEW/NECA Scholarship is part of the College’s Community Scholars program, which awards up to $1,000 in scholarship money to incoming high school graduates, adult learners, and former Onondaga students who did not complete their degree but are within 15 credits of completion.

In addition, the fit from IBEW/NECA supports the SRC Arena and Events Center, which serves students and community members by providing a variety of sports, cultural events, and community events.

“IBEW/NECA has shown itself to be highly committed to our students, the College, and the entire Central New York community,” says John Zacharek, Vice President for Development at Onondaga Community College. “Their support will allows us to create new scholarship opportunities for students who need it most, as well as continue to enhance the overall student experience through the numerous athletic, community and cultural events on campus at the SRC arena and Events Center.”

“We’re very excited to broaden our support for student success at Onondaga Community College,” says Don Morgan, Business Manager, IBEW Local 43. “Partnering with Onondaga provides additional arts and educational opportunities not only for our members but the entire community. We have been impressed with the growth at the College, and we are very proud to be its partner in bringing quality education to Central New York.”

IBEW/NECA represents more than 1,200 hard working men and women and more than 60 signatory employers throughout Central New York, its members work cooperatively with various youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, and they contribute generously of their time and money to international, national, and local charitable, educational, health and emergency relief causes.

“IBEW/NECA is extremely proud of our reputation for excellence in the electrical industry. The pride and workmanship of our skilled craftsmen is evident in every project we’re a part of,” said Morgan. “Supporting students at Onondaga Community College is just another way for us to help improve the quality of life in Central New York.”



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