About The Institute
Brightway Institute is an innovative and dynamic two year Christian college for young adults choosing a holistic career path. By providing the educational and vocational assistance that these young adults desperately need, we can facilitate their transition to a career future in an emerging growth industry and simultaneously allow for their sustainable success in our changing business environment and economic conditions.
The Brightway Institute is a vividly unique venture in Marysville, Ohio, as no other similar post-secondary program exists in the area or provides the extensive level of learning and guidance for our target demographic.
As part of a holistic program, direction in specific life skills and areas of personal development will equip young adults to function successfully in a college or vocational career path and provide a positive foundation for their adult life.
Bill Pizzino, a long time high school football coach and civil engineer, saw many players, some he coached, and others from teams he knew, falter after their high school playing days were over because they were not able to pursue a post high school education.
Player's parents would discuss with Coach Pizzino what options their son might have to getting an education if they could not get into a traditional college. Not many existed. As a civil engineer, his clients often asked him if he knew of a young man who possessed an enthusiastic desire to work as a responsible employee.
These experiences culminated in a vision inspired by the Holy Spirit back in 2003. The vision: A two-year college developed to serve those athletic students who, because of various circumstances, are not able to attend a traditional four year college after high school graduation.
In June of 2008, while Coach Pizzino was running a football camp for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Vineyard Church Columbus, he felt that he should share this vision with an assistant coach serving at the camp. He only knew this man as Daryle. After much prayer, the Holy Spirit moved Daryle Griffin to join Coach Pizzino and make this vision become a reality. After many months of meetings, the two men formulated a business plan to start the Brightway Institute, a two-year college.
Brightway Institute is unique, with a focus on college prep/vocation training, life-skills training and participation in an extra-curricular activity such as a sports team or the performing arts. The hope is that after the two-year process, the student will be equipped to navigate life more successfully.
Since the completion of the plan, the Lord has been moving the school full-speed ahead. The Brightway Institute has a future home in Marysville, Ohio. Plans are underway to open for classes in September, 2013. Currently, 24 people are working on the curriculum, financial plans, human resources, physical plant planning and development.
Many coaches from high schools and colleges have called to inquire as to when the school will be open because they already have prospective students who are ideal candidates for the program.
Those who accept the call to help build Brightway Institute are "people of significance" taking the opportunity to positively impact a young person's life to such an extent that they cannot be thanked but knowing they have changed a life.
To provide today 's young adults with the necessary training and education to establish an effective career path within emerging growth industries, in order to provide alternatives to traditional career paths and a sustainable future for those who would otherwise falter in our current system. To promote the growth of the individual and his or her attainment of the basic life skills necessary to achieve this career goal, along with the ability to maintain a responsible, successful existence as a contributing citizen and as part of the larger community.
In addition, to offer needed guidance for the overall physical, emotional and spiritual health for each individual involved, as well as to ensure their participation and retention in the curriculum through affiliated athletic and extracurricular programs.