By PAT McCAULEY
FREMONT – Terra State Community College and Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers have announced a cooperative arrangement to develop career pathways for VSCTC students in a variety of programs. The two institutions will work with area businesses, industries, economic development organizations and secondary and higher education entities to provide education and workforce opportunities to students.
The arrangement will offer students educational opportunities in eight programs: auto technologies, business administration, criminal justice, culinary and hospitality management, digital information technologies, engineering technology and robotics, health/medical and welding. Additional programs can be added at any time and both institutions will not duplicate course offerings.
“This particular agreement is the first of its kind in the State of Ohio,” said Ron Schumacher, Terra State Interim President. “It’s a true collaboration where we can share resources to provide courses for students of all ages seeking credit or non-credit training. Families who participate will save thousands of dollars on higher education for their children. It will also allow students to gain experience with industries with the possibility of earning professional credentials during school.”
One featured program, auto technologies, was outlined during the signing ceremony held this morning. Students can enter the program in their sophomore year of high school. Upon graduation from high school, student participants will have numerous certificates, work experience and an associate degree from Terra State. Students then can choose to enter the workforce or continue their education.
“Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel have been able to improve efficiencies of these programs and provide more opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and education to positively impact the area workforce. This program will move people through the pipeline to employment faster,” said Greg Edinger, VSCTC Superintendent.
VSCTC serves a six-county area and the following school districts: Fremont-Ross, Fremont St. Joseph, Clyde-Green Springs, Fostoria, Gibsonburg, Hopewell-Loudon, Lakota,
Mohawk, New Riegel, Old Fort, Port Clinton, Seneca East, Tiffin Calvert, Tiffin Columbian and Upper Sandusky.
Pat McCauley is a PR specialist for Terra State Community College.