Overland Park couple’s $2 million gift boosts JCCC campus transformation project

A rendering of the student center facade replacement that’s planned as part of the JCCC campus transformation. Image courtesy JCCC.

Johnson County Community College’s efforts to thoroughly modernize its facilities got a huge boost Thursday with the announcement that David and Mary Zamierowski of Overland Park would give $2 million in funding for the project.

The Zamierowskis, who have each retired from medical practice, join Mission Hills’ resident Hugh Libby and the Sunderland Foundation in making large contributions to the college’s private fundraising efforts for the project in recent months. The Zamierowskis have been actively involved in supporting the college for two decades, having funded scholarships for JCCC students and helped create the Healthcare Simulation Center.

“We have enjoyed a partnership with JCCC for many years and have been so impressed with their efforts to prepare students with the most innovative teaching methods available,” said David Zamierowski. “We are pleased to help support this facilities master plan initiative to keep JCCC on that cutting edge.”

The $102.6 million campus transformation project approved by the Board of Trustees includes construction of a new 70,000 square foot career and technical education building, which will hold career programs like automotive technology and HVAC training. It also includes renovation of the Arts and Technology Building and Welding Laboratory Building; consolidation of several resources centers into a central location at the Billington Library; and creation of a “campus front door” that will include the replacement of the Student Center’s exterior.

“Once again, our college is benefitting from the generosity and passion of the Zamierowskis,” said JCCC President Joe Sopcich in a statement. “David and Mary are not only friends of JCCC, but they are believers in the value of innovative, forward-thinking, quality education for our students, particularly in the area of healthcare and simulation learning. This generous gift complements other major donations from the community that are helping the college make relevant student- and community-focused infrastructure changes without raising the mill levy or tuition. With gifts like this, the entire community wins.”