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Editorial: Donations extend beyond students into community

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AS noted in a recent story in The Republic’s Classrooms section, the C4 Columbus Area Career Connections program has been the beneficiary of significant donations from the private sector that have benefited hundreds of students.

The gifts, ranging from new vehicles to hundreds of pounds of foodstuffs, have served as practical learning tools in programs intended to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields.

While the programs and students are the direct beneficiaries of these gifts, there is a ripple effect that spreads throughout the community and back to the donors.

Items such as two new cars that came from the Greeensburg Honda production plant can give automotive students critical materials on which to practice the techniques they learn in a classroom setting. The foodstuffs are training elements for the culinary arts programs.

Eventually, the gifts that will help these students hone their skills in particular fields will echo back into local industries, giving employers trained workers who quickly will be able to step into production mode.

The gifts cited above certainly have local ramifications in the automotive and hospitality fields, which are important in the growth of the South Central Indiana area.

The effects don’t end there, however. The entire community benefits from a skilled work force that gifts like this help make available to area employers.

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