The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) of Greater Syracuse today presented a check for $45,000 to the OCC Foundation. The endowment award will benefit Onondaga Community College students pursuing a career in a supply chain-related field. Each year, beginning in the fall 2021 semester, a returning OCC student will be awarded $2,000 to help cover expenses. Supply chain-related careers include purchasing, procurement, logistics, warehousing, operations, inventory, and other industry standards as they evolve. According to the New York State Department of Labor, positions related to supply chain and logistics will see a 13.5% growth rate through 2026. In Central New York, Amazon is building two large distribution centers.
During today’s ceremony OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill thanked ISM for sharing the common goal of making the community a better place. “OCC’s students are the employees, the homeowners, the business owners, the entrepreneurs, the innovators, and the community leaders who will take us forward with both the challenges we face today and the challenges that will come after us. As I always say to our students, ‘we are counting on you!’ And with this gift from the Institute of Supply Management, our students know that all of us believe in their future and they can count on us.”
Mary A. Rhoades, President of the ISM of Greater Syracuse said, “We’ve chosen the right partner in Onondaga Community College. It’s important to us we meet a vital need for future OCC students who want the opportunity to complete their education in order to make a positive impact in the growing supply chain industry, especially here in Central New York.”
A photo from the ceremonial check presentation is attached to this email. Pictured in the photo are (from left to right) David Duprey of ISM of Greater Syracuse, Mary A. Rhodes of ISM of Greater Syracuse, Maria Falcone of ISM of Greater Syracuse, OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill, and Corina Southworth of ISM of Greater Syracuse.
The OCC Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise, invest, and administer funds on behalf of Onondaga Community College and its students. Founded in 1980 and governed by a 25-member Board of Directors, the OCC Foundation annually distributes more than $800,000 in charitable gifts in support of student scholarships, student and academic support, faculty and staff professional development, and student emergency funds. In 2020, the OCC Foundation launched the Lazer Response Fund that to date has raised nearly $100,000 to support students impacted by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Contributions to the OCC Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more about the OCC Foundation, visit www.sunyocc.edu/support.