Terra State Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It is truly inspiring how much we have grown and continued to serve our community by providing quality, affordable educational experiences.
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Roy W. Klay, President 1968-1978
It is exciting to realize that seldom in a lifetime does one have the opportunity to participate in the birth of a new concept in education for a community.”“
- The College is named Terra Technical College.
- Terra earns its first accreditation as a member of The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
- The campus changes location and undergoes massive transformation.
- Enrollment grows from 68 students to over 2,300.
- With the changing demands of the workforce, Terra commits itself to providing the education workers need for the future.
Richard M. Simon, President 1979 -1993
- The campus expands the number of buildings as construction begins on Building D (the then home for Industrial Technologies), Building C (the Student Activities Center), and Building B (the General Technologies Building).
- Enrollment continues to grow to 2,900 indicating the necessity for more programs.
The Plastics program begins its one-of-a-kind color matching program.
- The first class of high school students were enrolled through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO).
- With the growing campus, faculty and staff, the first employee newsletter was started to improve communications across campus.
- Desktop microcomputers were installed to service the expanding enrollment, foreshadowing the importance of computers today.
Charlotte J. Lee, President 1993 -2003
- Terra transitioned from a Technical College to a comprehensive state Community College and is now called Terra State Community College.
- The campus grows by adding two new buildings, the Engineering Technologies Building, Building E, and the Early Learning Center, Building G.
- A Registered Nursing (RN) Program in partnership with Lorain Community College is instituted through distance learning with plans to provide an Associate of Applied Science degree.
- New community education programs, KidsCollege and ElderCollege, begin and engage lifelong learners and further fulfill the mission of a community college.
- The College introduces intercollegiate athletics and has two successful teams, the women’s volleyball team and men’s golf team
Dr. Marsha S. Bordner, President 2003 - 2012
- Terra State reaches its highest enrollment with 3,542 students and in May of 2009, graduated its 40th class.
- The growth of the College continues as another new building opens, the Skilled Trades Center, building I. This building features the Snap-On Tool Automotive lab, the O.E. Meyer Welding lab, new HVAC labs and state-of-the-art Interactive media classrooms. The Industrial Technology building is completely renovated on the inside and dedicated as the Dr. Marsha S. Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center.
- Terra State earns the ability to offer its own Associate Degree Registered Nursing and graduates its first class of students through this now independent program.
- The College transitions from quarters to semesters in an effort to make transferring to other state institutions easier. This shift highlights Terra State’s strong focus on removing barriers for students to further their education and on student success.
- Terra State begins long-range strategic planning to ensure the success of the institution and communities it serves. Vision 2016, the College’s strategic plan, was launched in 2011-2012 after many listening and learning sessions with both internal and external leaders.
Dr. Jerome E. Webster, President 2012 - 2018
- Student course completion rates rose to an all-time high of 91 percent.
- The transformation of the College continues with the renovation of Building G into the Ronald L. Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center, the addition of an access road from State Route 53, and the construction of The Landings at Terra Village.
- Through various partnerships, Terra State is able to offer courses at multiple locations other than the main campus, thus helping train the needed workforce in those areas. This includes Fostoria’s Community Hospital and Bay Park Hospital sites, the Fostoria Learning Center, and the Scott Park campus of University of Toledo.
- Terra State establishes the Workforce Demand Scholarship to help highlight the need for trained individuals in a variety of in-demand areas. This scholarship helps remove the economic barrier for students seeking to continue their education.
- Several programs receive accreditation, including Medical Assisting and Physical Therapist Assistant.
Dr. Ronald Schumacher, President 2018 - current
- The Landings at Terra Village opened and Terra State hosted its first Move-In Day
- Terra State received a USDA grant for the creation of the Leadership Center
- More to come...