Posted: 9:04 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012
Here’s what some people who attended the grand opening celebration of the Cincinnati State Middletown campus had to say:
“Cincinnati State coming to Middletown is a sign that we are finally getting the momentum to turn our community around. A lot of people have been working very hard over the past several years to stop our community’s decline, and now good things are happening.” — T. Duane Gordon, executive director of the Middletown Community Foundation.
“This is more than just a school. It has the possibility to bring lots of jobs to the area and to create a better, a stronger workforce.” —Bill Triick, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton.
“We all know that a high school diploma is not the end of the road, only the beginning. This gives our students another option on their yet path in life.” — Greg Rasmussen, superintendent of Middletown City Schools District.
“This is a game-changer for downtown and possibly the community.” —Judy Gilleland, Middletown city manager.
“This is a great day for Middletown and a great day for Butler County.” — Rep. Tim Derickson, R-Hanover Twp.
“I’m excited about having Cincinnati State here. We’ve already talked with them about the possibility of health care providers. We’re talking about expanding our in-home care program. To have the possibility of training in the area, instead of us having to do it ourselves.” — Ann Munafo, Middletown Area Senior Center executive director
“We’re excited that this campus is so close to our main library in Middletown. It opens up so many different partnerships.” — Anita Carroll, MidPointe Library System executive director
“It’s fantastic, not only for downtown but also for Middletown. It’s a great thing and it provides another opportunity for education for people. And to have it right downtown, it’s a real plus for the city.” — Sam Ashworth, Middletown historian
Compiled by staff writers Rick McCrabb and Michael D. Pitman
In Sunday’s paper
Read Rick McCrabb’s column about how Alan Fugate went from a homeless man in Middletown to a college student at Cincinnati State.