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Golfers are hitting the course to help out an area college.
Zane State College Foundation held its 25th Annual Golf Outing on Monday at Eaglesticks Golf Club. the event helps raise money to create scholarships for students who attend the school. Over the years, nearly $1.5 million has been awarded to about 1,800 students.
"Even though tuition at Zane State is relatively low, it's still outside of reach of some families, many of the people in our region, in fact about 80% of our students come to college with some financial need," said Executive Director of the Foundation Pamela Jira.
Those in attendance had a chance to watch a golf clinic by professional Kelly Morrow and the opportunity to win dozens of prizes including $10,000 for a hole in one. Jira said the community support has been outstanding.
"It's all about jump starting the economy, it's all about making sure that the employers have the skilled work force that they need and that the people who want to have well paying jobs and a satisfying career have the opportunity to obtain those skills to make them very marketable in this community," she said.
Reports show that fewer than 15% of adults in this region have a degree, yet a college education is required for more than 85% of new job openings.