COTC and Ohio State Newark Celebrate Pay It Forward Initiative

​NEWARK, Ohio, May 22, 2017 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark jointly participated in and celebrated this year’s contributions to Ohio Campus Compact’s Pay it Forward Initiative on April 26.

The Pay It Forward (PIF) initiative is an effort to develop a new generation of philanthropists through a service-learning program that is innovative and engages Ohio college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making and volunteer service. During the spring 2017 semester, Ohio Campus Compact supported six courses at COTC and Ohio State Newark through funding from the Licking County Foundation.

Eighteen nonprofit programs shared in 12-thousand dollars to assist in implementation of efforts designed to meet a community need.

5-22-17_PIF Follow-up.jpg“Licking County has a strong amount of local philanthropy,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald added, “William T. and Jane C. McConnell are great examples of local philanthropists and have had such a great impact on the spirit of it here.” Bill McConnell had a distinguished career in banking and his wife, Jane, was very active in the Newark community prior to her death in 2007. A new residence hall being constructed on the Newark campus is being named in their honor.

Students from a variety of disciplines including English, engineering, digital media design and economics completed volunteer service such as building picnic tables, designing a bridge, program planning and much more to understand how their chosen organization contributes to the community.

COTC student Scott Miller worked with Together We Grow Gardens. “I chose the organization because I spent a lot of time in the garden with my grandmother and grandfather growing up, and everyone should get the opportunity to do that.”

Ohio State Newark student Austin McDonald volunteered at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology and chose to allocate money for its after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program for middle school students. “It teaches them fun ways to learn about STEM and be more comfortable with it. It helps them to build more STEM understanding for their careers,” he said.

Richard Kinsley, Ohio Campus Compact executive director, remarked in closing, “Philanthropy over time represents the social history of the moral imagination. Therefore, I encourage you to continue to utilize your skills to make a difference as philanthropists in your local community.”

The Ohio Campus Compact is a statewide nonprofit coalition of 47 college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education. The Pay It Forward program has been implemented in a variety of disciplines including: psychology, sociology, education, criminal justice, business, marketing, communications, accounting, art, English, medicine, public relations, urban studies, nursing, social work and economics.

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 challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200majors.​