Last week, the Adams County Commissioners visited Columbus to advocate for Adams County and our needs. On the top of their list was finding support for a new Southern State Community College Campus in Adams County. The Commissioners told Representative Terry Johnson and Senator Joe Uecker that the funding was a top priority.
We agree with the Commissioners 100%.
In an interview with the Board of Commissioners on Thursday, they told The Defender that Dr. Kevin Boys and the SSCC Board of Trustees have put together an impressive plan that is easy to rally behind. We commend our local SSCC Board members Larry “Doc” Anderson and Mike Pell for making sure that building a campus locally is closer to a reality instead of a dream.
But, we still need the funding. The funding to build a new campus will come from multiple revenue streams at the state level and may be a tedious process. It is important that we all work together as a community to make sure that Terry Johnson, Joe Uecker, and Governor John Kasich hear our common voices.
Each community has it problems and issues. But having an institution of higher learning close to home would help build a stronger and better trained workforce for generations to come and help tackle our chronic unemployment issues.
The Board of Commissioners, comprised of Brian Baldridge, Paul Worley, and Stephen Caraway, told The Defender that they will continue to advocate for important issues and make sure that Adams County doesn’t get left behind. We applaud them for their efforts to improve our county.