Groundbreaking Scheduled for new STEM Center at Ohio State Newark/COTC

NEWARK, Ohio, July 17, 2019 – All members of the public are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony and reception for the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology. This newest addition to the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will add a $32 million, three-story, 60,000 square foot facility dedicated to science and technology on their shared Newark campus. The building's anticipated completion date is spring 2021.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 2 p.m.
Construction site between LeFevre and Hopewell Halls
Reception: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
LeFevre Hall Art Gallery
1199 University Drive
Newark, Ohio  43055

William L. MacDonald, PhD – dean/director, The Ohio State University at Newark
C. DanielDeLawder – chair, Building for Our Future campaign
Jennifer McDonald – president, Licking County Chamber of Commerce
Rob Montagnese – CEO, Licking Memorial Health Systems
Jay Hottinger - State Senator, Ohio 31st District
John M. Berry, PhD – president, Central Ohio Technical College

John and Mary Alford were unwavering supporters of COTC and Ohio State Newark for several decades. Through their early involvement and the continued involvement of their children, they helped shape the college and university's co-located, cost-shared partnership as a model for other institutions of higher education around the country. In recognition of their parents' tremendous support of the local community and specifically the Newark campus, Ronald Alford and Barbara Cantlin, along with Barbara's husband, Michael, have contributed a generous lead gift of $2.5 million. The leadership of Ohio State Newark and COTC are proud to honor Mr. and Mrs. Alford's extraordinary legacy of community involvement and support by naming this new facility the John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology.

Success and growth have pushed the Newark campus to near capacity; the Alford Center will allow both institutions to expand academic programming, increase enrollment, enhance student success and better meet local workforce needs. Student enrollment at Ohio State Newark has grown 24 percent from 2013-2018. During 2016-2017, 532 COTC graduates earned degrees and certificates in healthcare fields.

COTC and Ohio State Newark have committed $17.6 million toward the project and since August 2018 have secured $13.1 million toward their $14.4 million campaign goal. There is still time for community members to take advantage of Ariel Corporation's generous $2 million campaign match, which will allow donors to effectively double their contribution. For information about the Building for our Future Campaign, naming opportunities in the Alford Center or how to make a gift, please contact Kim Manno, director of advancement, at 740-366-9135 or

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.