Clark State Pres. among guests at State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTN) — Several local families and businessmen are among the guests at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin said being invited to the State of the Union was like a dream come true. She said she came to D.C. for the first time 34 years ago as a tourist, but this time, she’s looking forward to representing our area.

“I never thought I’d be attending a State of the Union. I always thought I’d be a tourist here or going on my hill visits as part of my position. But this is really an incredible opportunity,” said Blondin.

Speaker of the House John Boehner extended the invitation to Dr. Blondin earlier in January as a guest of Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District.

Dr. Blondin said Clark State plays a vital role in helping students match skills to employment needs. She said she’s hoping the President will address the affordability and importance of community colleges during his speech.

“We are the go to for training an higher educational opportunities,” said Blondin. “Ohio is a leader in the country in terms of understanding how important graduation completion and credentials are to the workforce.”

She said the only person more excited than her is her mother.

Other local guests attending include owners of a Greenville Cake and Coffee Company, a Troy surgeon, Camden business owners, a Med student from Wright State, and the owner of a Springfield Metal company. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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