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Policy will ban tobacco on campus

Beginning on Aug. 1, all tobacco products will be prohibited on campus. Rebecca Marion Managing Editor With August 1st steadily approaching, the students and staff of Lorain County Community College can expect to breath easier on campus this fall semester….

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

Zach Srnis Special Correspondent With final exams right around the corner, Americorps completion coaches at Lorain County Community College will be offering a test-taking workshop. The presentation will help students develop strategies for how to tackle exams and dealing with…

Collegian bags 9 Press Club Awards

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief The Collegian took nine honors in the 2017 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland. In the Best Print Feature category, Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hohman won for her two stories, “Suicide on campus” and…

The young and the homeless

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief With the increasing cost of attending college in the United States, it should come as no surprise that many college students have to make considerable sacrifices for their education. One of the most substantial sacrifices is a…

One last time

Kristin Hohman

Editor-in-Chief

Kristin Hohman | Editor-in-Chief

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been a student at Lorain County Community College for the past two-and-a-half years. When I enrolled in the fall of 2014, I was unsure of what this journey would entail.

At that point, I was at a bit of a crossroads of sorts. I barely completed three years of college at OSU, before leaving school. And while I have some amazing, crazy memories of my life as a Buckeye, I don’t think I ever found my niche.

For me, it wasn’t so much a question of what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. As a sophomore in high school, I helped my older brother with his college-level writing classes (although, he probably wouldn’t admit it). No, I’ve always known what direction I was facing. It was just a question of how I would apply myself and what career path my writing would lead me down. At the time, I never could have guessed that path would take me to journalism. Equally unforeseen were the insane number of detours I’ve taken to reach this point in my education.

A couple of years before I left OSU, I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and mild social anxiety – a moment that would go on to affect basically every major decision in regards to my education. Like most mental illnesses, depression affects every aspect of life; relationships, motivation (or lack of), work, school grades, etc. For this reason, I kept myself out of school for nearly four years, too afraid to fail.

Just to add to the mess, my transcripts from my first institution were stuck in bureaucratic purgatory. I couldn’t transfer, and certainly couldn’t graduate, without this single piece of paper. And there was a point last fall when I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to enroll in classes because of this issue. So all I could do is try to guess which classes I still needed to take in order to get my associate’s. Trying to be successful in classes without knowing whether or not it would mean anything in the long run felt a bit like repeating my junior year of college again. “Frustrating” would not even begin to cover it.

My first semester back in school was nerve wracking, I admit. My first class on the first day of the semester was a communication class. I lucked out. To this date, that was the most fun I’d ever had in a classroom. Our instructor would go on to become my mentor at LCCC. When I thought I might not be able to stay at LCCC, she wrote the most glowing recommendation letter to the administration on my behalf. She has always been supportive and encouraging and I doubt she’ll ever know how grateful I am for that.

I’m also grateful for my time at The Collegian. Without realizing it, I walked into an office that would inspire, frustrate, motivate, annoy, and humor me (among many other things) for the next two years. There are things I’ll miss: the challenge, the learning, the staff, the sarcasm. There are things I certainly won’t miss: a staff that doesn’t adhere to deadlines, the deadlines themselves, sources who never call or email back, writing headlines. And I’m thankful for those who realized my potential before I was ever sure of it myself.

So, this is the last time I’ll publish a paper at LCCC. I finally have my transcripts. I’m actually less than a year away from my bachelor’s degree. I never thought I’d get to this point. It’s been a long journey that’s taken me in a direction I never thought possible. But, as I’ve learned here, that’s just life – it may not take you where you intend to go, but it certainly takes you where you need to go.

Prof. aims to inform using inmate art

Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor

Dr. William Kimberlin, a psychology professor at Lorain County Community College and clinical psychologist, aims to continue sharing his experiences with death row inmates in several of his upcoming projects.

After the success of his first novel, “Watch Me Die”, a compilation of the lessons he’s learned from Ohio’s death row, Kimberlin now feels compelled to educate the public on another aspect of his findings; the artwork of death row inmates. The art book, titled “Killer Art”, will likely focus on artwork from 12 of the most fascinating and notorious killers who have sent Kimberlin art over the years, and will contain background information on each inmate.

Since he first penned “Watch Me Die”, Kimberlin has broadened his research on death row inmates to included various other death rows across the country.  Unlike “Watch Me Die”, “Killer Art” will be a large book featuring artwork, not only from Ohio inmates, but Florida, Nevada, and California as well.

Currently, the plan is to include exclusive art sent to Kimberlin by Dennis Lynn Rader, who earned his nickname as the BTK Killer for binding, torturing, and killing 10 people. “Killer

Rebecca Marion | The Collegian | LCCC psychology professor, Dr. William Kimberlin, looks through portfolios of artwork sent to him by death row inmates.

Art” will also include work from Lisa Marie Montgomery, a federal death row inmate found guilty of cutting an unborn child from its mother’s womb, and Phillip Carl Jablonski, who was convicted of viciously murdering five people.

The title of his latest book was chosen to represent a play on the word ‘killer’ and the dual meaning behind the inmates’ attractive artwork, Kimberlin said.

“The title can mean two different things and every picture can mean two different things,” said Kimberlin. “What you see isn’t always what you’re getting with death row artwork.”

The art is not only ‘killer’ to look at, but the people that created those beautiful pieces of work are also responsible for brutally murdering another human being, said Kimberlin. While the book will focus on the artwork of death row inmates, Kimberlin doesn’t wish to glorify them. Instead, he seeks to expose the misleading intentions behind the art and remind the reader why those inmates are waiting to die on death row.

“I want people to see that while there might be some talent on death row, they cannot forget that with every stroke of that brush, or whatever medium that hand is utilizing, has killed a lot of people,” said Kimberlin. “Before they put that brush to canvas, that same hand was taking a knife to the throat, or a gun to someone’s head.”

With the publication of “Killer Art”, Kimberlin seeks to shatter the perpetuating myth that the aesthetically pleasing art created by death row inmates indicates that they’re remorseful for what they’ve done, or have changed for the better. After years of interacting and interviewing these inmates, Kimberlin wants people to understand that they are no more sorry about what they’ve done than when they first arrived on death row. The aim is to educate the public to not be fooled by how inmates portray themselves on social media and the internet, according to Kimberlin.

“I want people to see through the art and learn about these inmates, to show how they can manipulate people even through their art,” said Kimberlin. The purpose behind the pleasant nature scenes depicted in death row artwork is to throw off the public and change how people perceive them, Kimberlin added.

Serial killer Charles Ng regularly sends him origami, which serves as a reminder of just how meticulous and cunning death row inmates are. Every time Kimberlin looks at the delicately folded paper shapes, they remind him that Ng put every bit of that diligent effort into murdering at least 11 people.

In addition to putting together “Killer Art”, Kimberlin is also in talks to be a part of a couple different documentaries about death row and death row inmates. The project’s producers are also aiming to include the insight of former FBI agents Roy Cavan and Paul Graupmann who both teach in the social sciences and human resources department at LCCC. If the project comes to fruition, viewers can expect filming to take place at the LCCC campus and on death according to Kimberlin. With the projected completion, the hope is that these projects will push LCCC to the forefront of study in the fields of psychology and criminal justice, Kimberlin said.

North Ridgeville mayor highly regards LCCC

Zac Wenzel

JRNM 151 Student

During his time as North Ridgeville’s mayor, G. David Gillock has come to have high regard for the LCCC University Partnership Ridge Campus, located on Lorain Road in North

G. David Gillock has served as mayor of North Ridgeville since 2003.

Ridgeville.

“The city has always had a great relationship with the college,” Gillock said.

The campus provides vocational training in various areas, such as computer science, engineering, and emergency medical services.

“[Ridge campus] trains people that live in the community to eventually work in the community,” Gillock said.

Civic duty and community involvement have always been a part of Gillock’s life, he said during a meeting with Lorain County Community College students on April 6.

While speaking with students, Gillock touched on many topics regarding the city of North Ridgeville, including upcoming projects. The $60 million road project to widen Center Ridge Road, a $13 million proposal to widen Lear Nagel Road, and the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 83 and Mills Road are all part of the mayor’s future plans. Securing these funds is a challenge, Gillock admits, but the city has access to additional non-tax funds through grants and federal funding.

Bringing in business is another achievement the mayor is quite proud of. Riddell, a company that manufactures helmets and other sporting equipment just finished construction on a new factory on Center Ridge Road. A new University Hospital building is currently under construction on Lorain Road, which Gillock believes has potential to turn the area into a community of medical centers. Both businesses will provide the city with economic growth and the possibility for many new jobs.

Gillock grew up in a small town in Illinois and was raised by his father, who was active in the community.

“I have always been civic-minded,” Gillock said.

Gillock’s time in Northeast Ohio began long before his time as mayor. He and his wife moved to the area in 1978 when Gillock was transferred as an employee of Aetna Insurance. Following his time at Aetna, and after two failed attempts of running as a Republican for Ward Councilmen in North Ridgeville, Gillock won on the third attempt when he ran as an at-large candidate. He has been consistently re-elected as mayor since his initial victory in 2003.

“I think name recognition and accessibility are important,” Gillock said about his recurring re-election. “I’m on duty 24/7. It takes an hour to pick up a gallon of milk at the store,” he said, jokingly.

“Helping to solve community problems and working with the public, are some of the greatest rewards,” Gillock said about his time as mayor. “When you can do the small things that are easy, that is the most rewarding.”

Habitat organizes “Women Build Week”

Zach Srnis

Special Correspondent

Lorain County’s Habitat for Humanity will hold the 10th annual Women Build Week from May 6 to May 14. Habitat for Humanity will host several events in the lead-up to, and during the week of May 6. The week-long event is aimed at eradicating poverty housing by empowering women to build homes while providing them with key skills. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn to lay bricks and raise walls, among a variety of other tasks.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in two separate events; She Shed Build Workshops and Lowe’s Women Build How-to Training.

“The purpose of the event is for women to learn a valuable skill that will give them a better understanding of home repair,” said Tami Smith, an entrepreneur and business student at Lorain County Community College who serves on the committee for Women Build Week. “Women do not always have this skill and it forces them to rely on others to do the work for them.”

The She Shed Build Workshops will take place on every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from April 11 through May 4. Attendees will help construct a shed that will be raffled off in support of Women Build Week. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, located on Rice Industrial Pkwy. in Amherst, will be hosting these sessions. The workshop will be a way for women to learn the skills that are necessary to do repairs with woodwork, according to Smith. There is a $25 registration fee and each person will receive a raffle ticket for the She Shed and a t-shirt.

Additionally, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Lorain will be hosting the Women Build How-to Training event on May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is free and the session will cover a diverse range of topics, from how to properly use power tools, framing walls and roofs, to installing siding.

The She Shed Women Build Raffle will be held on May 13, and guests will have the chance to win tools, among other prizes, Smith said. Raffle tickets are one for $5 or five for $20 and can be purchased at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Amherst.

“We will be giving out gloves, hard hats, and other useful items that they may or may not have,” said Smith. “Some of the women do not have the items at their disposal, so we want to help them out as best we can.”

When hiring any repair-related work, women can often settle for the price that they are given because they don’t know how to do the work on their own.

“Some ladies have never touched a tool in their life,” said Smith. “The event will allow them to learn the right techniques that will give them the option to do the work themselves instead of paying someone else.”

Lastly, the Women Build project takes place on May 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., according to Kelly La Rosa, the executive director of Lorain County Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are encouraged to give at least an hour of their time to help build a home for families in need.

The project will feature the construction of two houses that will each include four bedrooms and two baths.

“The event will have over 50 women helping to build the homes,” La Rosa said.

It has not yet been determined which families will move into the homes, and anyone who applies for the homes must have clean credit, according to La Rosa.

“They also can’t currently be owners of land. The project is for those that don’t have a place of their own,” La Rosa said.

The families need to put a down payment on the house but will save money due to the free labor and materials to build it, according to La Rosa.

The houses will be located on Warden Avenue in Elyria.

Those who are interested in the event or have further questions can contact Kelly La Rosa at 440-984-3343 ext. 1004 or email her at kelly@habitatoflorainco.org.

Lorain Writers Society celebrates Poetry Month

Kayla Petro

JRNM 151 Student

The Lorain Writer’s Society at Lorain County Community College hosted their annual “Pizza, Pop & Poetry” event on April 18. Students and faculty gathered in the lobby of the Culinary Building for the celebration of National Poetry Month, which takes place in April.

Bruce Weigl, a distinguished professor of humanities at LCCC, and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, is a strong believer in the written word.

“Poetry is a rare opportunity to tell the truth even when the truth is not pretty,” Weigl said.

Many of Weigl’s students joined him in the audience, where he encouraged them to read their work aloud.

Among the participants was one of Weigl’s students, Brittany Miller, who shared one of her poems with the audience. She credits Weigl’s teaching for her new writing hobby.

“I used to hate it,” Miller said. “He really opened my mindset and writing became easier,” she explained.

Several other students, including Jayden Catalado, president of the Lorain Writers Society, also recited a few of her favorite poems.

“This whole poetry event is about the celebration of the word,” Catalado said.

The support has been welcome, and there are still high hopes for students, according to Weigl.

“I’ve been gratified by the response,” Weigl said. “I’d like to reach out to the students who were not here. Even if you don’t want to be a writer, there’s more to learn; discipline, critical thinking, and passion.”

Earth Day promotes sustainable lifestyles

Kerri Klatt

Contributor

Kerri Klatt | The Collegian | Carol Thaler of Great Lakes Biomimicry, spoke during the Earth Day celebration in the Culinary Building on April 21.

Lorain County Community College students and staff celebrated Earth Day on April 21. The celebration was to bring awareness to environmental issues and to promote ways to become proactive in preserving the Earth, and discovering new ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. The aim of the celebration was to educate, promote, and inspire creative thinking on how to preserve the environment for future generations.

The celebration included hands-on learning experiences, exhibits, and presentations from various community programs as well as LCCC programs.

“This kind of awareness is really important for us, for students, and for the forthcoming generation,” said Ramona Anand, faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers and project manager for the weld-ed department at LCCC. “How are we preserving the Earth? What are we giving to the forthcoming generations? And how are we maintaining the planet we are living in?” asked Anand. These questions were answered throughout the Earth Day presentations.

“Most people think of recycling and organic foods, but engaging in a more sustainable lifestyle can be much more than that,” said LCCC student, Megan Brown, who is majoring in art.

Carol Thaler, director of administration and outreach for Great Lakes Biomimicry, an organization that looks to solve human problems by imitating nature, was one of the speakers.

“We need to shift from learning about nature to learning from nature,” said Thaler. A hedgehog, for example, can curl into a ball and fall 40 ft. without injury, and Thaler said this animal can aid in finding solutions for sports concussions and in the use of helmets.

“There are many things that people can do to assist in bettering the environment,” said LCCC student Jamie Brod, a speech therapy major.

“We are all working collectively for a common motive. That motive is to increase the school for alternative energy and get into the renewable resources to preserve the planet Earth,” said Anand.

Dedication pays off for voice-over artist Sean Chiplock

Kent Springborn Jr.

Entertainment Editor

Often considered by some to be a lesser form of acting, voice-over artists put just as much work into their roles and auditions as screen and stage actors do. Providing a voice to a character in a video game, animated feature, or anime can be challenging yet rewarding.

“It gives the audience a way to connect with the characters,” said Sean Chiplock, a voice-over actor since late 2009, who has voiced the character of “Revali” from “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” being his most well-known role.

Unlike plays, television series, or movies, fans don’t learn who voices the characters in an upcoming video game or anime until close to the release date. As a result, those involved in voice-acting have to keep tight-lipped about their roles until they get permission to announce them.

Even though he keeps quiet about his upcoming roles in video games and anime, Chiplock interacts with his fans and often speaks openly about his previous roles. His accessibility is all due to his audience and is his way of showing appreciation to fans. “My career only exists because the audience exists,” said Chiplock. He also interacts with his fans to gauge the audience reactions to his roles.

When Chiplock was younger, he and his brother would provide their own voices to characters as they played video games. Chiplock came to the realization that he could take this creative past-time and evolve it into a career. “I could take all this time I put into providing voices to characters and get paid for it,” he said. Chiplock was, however, more concerned about being able to maintain the creative enthusiasm he had as a kid when he first began his journey to become a voice-over actor.

While he considers voice-acting a blessing, it can also be a struggle at times, since he has to be able to meet deadlines for auditions at all hours of the day. Chiplock does a lot of auditions from his home, and he finds it difficult to direct himself in those auditions. The number of auditions he records and sends out differs depending on what audition slides, specific sets of lines that one must learn prior to an audition, is sent. “It can vary wildly at times,” he said. “It can be three to four a week or it could be three or four a day.”

Being able to perform whenever possible is key to getting auditions and landing roles, according to Chiplock, and he sometimes must sacrifice free-time in order to audition for roles.

His dedication to his craft has paid off, as Chiplock was recently able to announce that he was cast in “The Nonary Games” voicing “Santa”; and “Persona 5” as the voice of “Yuuki Mishima”; as well as voicing the “Great Deku Tree”and “Teba” in “Breath of the Wild”. “Teba” is one of his favorite roles since he was given creative freedom in deciding what voice he would give the character.

To get into voice-over acting, it is important to look for opportunity everywhere, according to Chiplock. One shouldn’t be afraid to work with smaller studios and to not be afraid to say “no” to role auditions when starting out.

“Fire Emblem” celebrates 27 years of strategy

Kent Springborn Jr.

Entertainment Editor

The long-running tactical role-playing franchise, “Fire Emblem,” recently celebrated its 27th anniversary on April 20. The first game in the franchise, “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light,” came out in Japan on April 20, 1990. However, it wasn’t until November 3, 2003, that the franchise saw its way to North America and July 16, 2004, in Europe with “Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword.”

This franchise is one of my favorite video game franchises of all time due to the combination of strategy, medieval themes, and role-playing elements. As with quite a few players, my first exposure to the franchise wasn’t with an entry from the main series, but from “Super Smash Bros. Melee.” This crossover fighting game featured Marth and Roy, two characters from “Fire Emblem.”

After learning what series that these characters were from, I found myself wanting to play the game. My sister recently got a copy of “Blazing Sword” and I was able to convince her to allow me to play it. After only a small amount of time playing the game, I was hooked and wanted to play more of it.

Since then, I have played every entry to the franchise that made its way to the US. There was a period of time where it was uncertain if we would see a new entry in the franchise since the remake of the third game, “Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem,” didn’t get localized due to poor sales of “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon,” a remake of the first game.

After a few years passed since “New Mystery of the Emblem’s” release, a new entry in the franchise was announced in Japan. This entry was “Fire Emblem: Awakening” and it was the first game of the franchise to be released for the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited to learn that “Awakening” would be getting a localization since I would finally be able to play a new “Fire Emblem” game.

It was thanks to “Awakening” that the franchise saw a revival and a surge in popularity worldwide. Before this entry, “Fire Emblem” was considered a niche title and was often overlooked or avoided due to its game-play feature of “permadeath,” which has a unit become unplayable for the rest of the game if they die in battle.

“Awakening” was meant to be the last game in the franchise if it didn’t sell well. Thankfully it did end up selling extremely well and now Nintendo considers “Fire Emblem” to be one of its major video game franchises.

Since “Awakening,” the franchise has seen the releases of “Fire Emblem Fates,” which was released in three different parts, “Birthright,” “Conquest,” and “Revelation,” for the Nintendo 3DS and “Fire Emblem Heroes” for iOS and Android devices. The newest entry in the franchise, “Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia,” a remake of the second game, “Fire Emblem Gaiden,” was released in Japan on April 20, and will be released in North America and Europe on May 19.

As a major “Fire Emblem” fan, I am glad to see this franchise celebrate its 27th anniversary with a new entry to since it almost ended with “Awakening.”

Campus located on professor’s family farm

Madison Tromler

JRNM 151 Student

Printed in Vol. 1 of The Collegian, these photos show the architect’s layout of Phase 1 of the construction of the Lorain County Community College campus. The Moon family farm was located on the land that the college now occupies. The farm was owned by the grandparents of Dr. Hope Moon, who is currently a professor and LCCC’s interim dean of the allied health and nursing division. The construction of campus began in 1965, with Phase 1 completed in Sept. 1965.

“Sometimes I hear my grandfather, Howard Moon’s radio going off and I know he is playing around with me,” said Dr. Hope Moon, professor and interim dean of the allied health and nursing division at Lorain County Community College.

As a child, Moon played on her grandparent’s 180-acre farm and in the woods, which is where LCCC stands today.

Fruits and vegetables were grown on the farm and then Moon’s grandparents trucked their produce to the West Side Market in downtown Cleveland.

Moon, her cousins, and their grandfather would go on tractor rides to the peach orchard, where they spent the day picking ripe peaches.

Later, they would enjoy their fresh fruit over homemade ice cream that their grandmother, Olive Moon, made in the churn.

Moon’s grandfather would give her 10 cents to pick a basket-full of asparagus. She picked them along the railroad tracks and then sold them at the front of the farm.

However, summer would soon come to an end and fall would arrive. Fall meant that the children slept in the corn cob bin and told each other spooky stories under the moonlight.

Years and years of memories took place on this farm.

On Nov 4, 1963, the farm was sold to the Elyria community. It may have been sad for the Moon family, but the result was beneficial to the surrounding area.

LCCC was built on the very same land that once contained the Moon farm.

It is very special for Moon to teach on the land once owned by her family. She was recruited to LCCC in 1992 from Cleveland State University, and she knew it was fate.

One thing Moon’s grandmother, who was also a teacher, instilled in her the importance of education. “She worked her way through Berea’s teaching college, which is now Baldwin Wallace, by selling encyclopedias,” Moon said.     

“You will go to college, Hope. You will pursue a career,” said Moon’s grandmother.

So she did. Now Moon is teaching on the land she grew up on.

New program works for craft small businesses

Logan Mencke

Staff Writer

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Lorain County Community College has partnered with the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) to bring the Scratch Made Incubator program to service local small businesses that create handmade products. The ECDI is an organization that is committed to providing loans and services to small businesses.

Beginning on April 5, Scratch Made is a six-week program that meets once a week and was developed based on the need of local small businesses to learn how to get their products from their home or workshop to a store shelf.  Each week, a business-guidance lesson covers different aspects of running a business. Information as to how to package, label, market, and pitch their products are at the core of the program.  Additionally, bringing these different businesses into one place provides them an opportunity to share ideas with each other.

“People want to support local, so while we’re developing local businesses, they can market themselves as making a product that was made in Northeast Ohio,” said Beth Gantz, a business advisor for the SBDC.

Finances and understanding their target markets are two of the main areas in which small businesses need instruction, Gantz said. Managing finances properly was the topic of the second-week lesson on April 12.

Linda Kanner, the lecturer during the program’s  second week, was an entrepreneur and is now volunteering her time to coach business management.  During the session, Kanner stressed the importance of hiring an accountant, advised participants to research the competition’s prices, and learn how to use Microsoft Excel.

On May 10, the final week of the program, the participants are expected to release the pitch for their product.  Using the knowledge acquired from the earlier sessions, business owners must be able to display an understanding of how to operate a business.

“They will be expected to explain their product, what their sales projections will be, the prices of their ingredients, how to market their product, and how they’re going to get started,” said Gantz.

Those who complete the pitch will have the opportunity to secure small business loans and shelf-space at Ben Franklin stores, a small chain of five-and-dime craft stores located in Amherst and Oberlin.

In the past, the ECDI has offered similar programs. With so many big retailers closing their stores, there was an opportunity to take advantage and make money, which has opened the doors for small businesses, said Gantz.

Lauren Smith, the manager of entrepreneurial education at ECDI, was contacted by Gantz,  and the two discussed the need for such a program and acted on it together.

“We thought it would be a great fit not only to work together on the programming but then to be able to have a place for our small businesses to go for lending,” said Gantz.