Zane State College alumnus and friends were recognized by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges for their sustained and significant contributions that support the college’s success at the Cambridge and Zanesville institutions and surrounding communities.
Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane State College, nominated the four recipients of the OACC’s 2013 Excellence Awards presented at the organization’s annual banquet on May 30.
Nominated for the Terry M. Thomas Friends of Community Colleges Award: Norm Shade, president, chairman and co-owner of ACI Services, Inc., has invested in naming a classroom in the Zane State’s Education and Training Center in Cambridge. Shade is an advisor to the college’s gas and oil engineering technology program.
He says he appreciates the real value in the programs offered by the college, and believes his company has a responsibility to reinvest in the community.
Presented the OACC Distinguished Alumnus Award: Gene Oliver, a 1980 graduate of Muskingum Area Technical College with an associate degree in architecture and building construction.
In 1981, Oliver went to work for Basic Systems, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm that serves the global natural gas industry. During his 32-year tenure he rapidly advanced from designer to project coordinator, project manager, senior project manager, to his present position as vice president and co-owner of the corporation.
Oliver and Basic Systems President Tom Stemmer are significant advocates for Zane State.
When the company is in a hiring mode, they turn to the college for the skilled and educated technicians they need.
Basic Systems’ owners have stated that “the success of [their] company is rooted in the success of Zane State College.”
Approximately 20 percent of the company’s current workforce graduated from Zane State and an estimated 40 percent of their employees received training from the college.
Basic Systems, Inc., received the OACC Outstanding Business Partnership Award.
Nominated for the Maureen C. Grady Award for Special Achievement: John Matesich’s outstanding service to Zane State College as trustee has continued for more than 20 years.
As a college trustee from 1991-1996, foundation director since 2004, current chair of the foundation board, and philanthropist. Additionally, Matesich co-chairs the college’s “Building a Vibrant Community” major gifts campaign.
The Ohio Association for Community Colleges supports the mission of the state’s 23 community colleges to provide programming in technical education, lower-division baccalaureate education, developmental education, and continuing education in our local communities.