Oswego foundation offers to match money raised by CCC Foundation for Fulton campus

Every dollar raised by the Cayuga Community College Foundation will bring back another from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation of Oswego, the CCC Foundation announced in a press release Monday.

The Shineman Foundation has offered to match every dollar raised by the CCC Foundation, up to $45,000, to help CCC complete construction of student facilities at the college's Fulton campus. 

The college is currently in the process of completing storefronts at its Fulton campus, formerly River Brook Plaza. Plans for the location include expanding meeting and extracurricular space for students, a new fitness and workout center and open space to host cultural events, concerts and community meetings, according to the release. 

While CCC has taught classes in Oswego County for more than 30 years, the current facility was purchased in 2011. 

About 20 percent of all CCC students were based at the Fulton campus in 2014, and the county community college has discussed the possibility of becoming a regional college

The final plan for the Fulton campus, according to the college's website, is to convert this site into a full collegiate campus, with "a green quadrangle, trees and informal outside space." An adjoining 45-acre lot, according to the college, can be turned into athletic fields, student housing or additional buildings.

The college foundation has raised $21,976 toward the goal to this point, according to Kurt Kramer, interim executive director of the Cayuga Community College Foundation. 

Kramer said plans to raise the remaining funds will be formulated after the foundation has hired a new director.

"This is a great incentive for local businesses and individual donors from Oswego County to help the college finish this step in the development of the Fulton campus,” Kramer said in the release. “We hope to raise the balance over the summer and realize the full match.”