Patsie C. Campana, Sr. Engineering and Development Center
The Patsie C. Campana, Sr. Engineering and Development Center represents a critical component of the College's mission to support economic and workforce development for the manufacturing and technology industries in the greater Lorain County region. This facility houses educational programs to help grow talent for new, high growth jobs such as the LCCC/University of Toledo Computer Science and Engineering Degree offered through LCCC's University Partnership Program. The building also contains support resources for emerging entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses, including two-way interactive distance learning and conferencing capabilities.
The Patsie C. Campana, Sr. Engineering and Development Center serves a beacon, welcoming students and the community to experience education and economic growth on the campus of Lorain County Community College.
The center, which opened in August, 2001, was designed to reflect Lorain County Community College’s vision and commitment to “Education of the 21st Century.” The facility was designed to help foster the development of new partnerships and entrepreneurial initiatives created within Lorain County.
The site location and materials used for the building are indicative of progressive thinking during the design phase and the construction technologies implemented. The building was purposefully located adjacent to the Nord Advanced Technologies Center, so existing and new programs could expand and share space during their growth and development. The facility is also conveniently located next to the Great Lakes Technology Park.
Patsie C. Campana, Sr., Entrepreneur
Patsie C. Campana, Sr. had an intensely deep love for his family, fierce pride in his community, real zest for life, and was an inventive and business genius.
A Hunger for Education
Patsie was born in Barrea, Italy and, at the age of three, immigrated to the United States with his parents, Thomas and Maria Nicole Campana, and settled in Lorain, Ohio. He married Dolores Jenee Hume in 1946 and the couple had six children: David, Patti, Larry, Pat Jr., Bob and Scotti.
Because of his valuable and unique skills in the shipbuilding industry, Patsie was awarded numerous work deferments from military service while working at American Ship Building Company. In spite of these deferments, he chose to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. Patsie logged over 1,200 hours underwater as a deep sea diver throughout the Pacific Campaign in World War II; most notably during the attack on Iwo Jima (Mt. Suribachi).
Patsie’s natural hunger to learn caused his career to rise steadily, although he was not afforded formal education beyond high school. He taught himself through reading and correspondence courses. He absorbed much through long conversations with knowledgeable people in his field.
Early in his career, he commanded respect for his intuition and his ability to quickly apply his skills. Over time, he was able to implement solutions by inventing techniques to improve work efficiency and quality.
At age 49, with six children, ages one to twenty, and confident of his accumulated knowledge and “hands-on” experience, Patsie risked all he had to start his own company, which grew into a multi-million dollar conglomerate. Patsie began his firm as an electrical contractor and became immersed in the steel and pipe industries, creating many of his own patents along the way. Thus his valuable legacies continue.
The spirit of Patsie Campana lives in the values he instilled in his children, among them, intelligent risk taking. The company’s heavy emphasis on steel products and services has given way to the new directions, including new business formation, industrial and office park development.
Patsie’s family encourages students to find hope in his story and become inspired to “become part of the American Dream by believing in yourself, working hard, declaring a vision, and hungering for education.”