When Jim Mathias graduated from New Riegel High School in 1986, he planned to pursue a career in law enforcement. At first, he looked into the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s Office and those did not seem like a good fit for what he wanted to do. Mathias then turned to the Police Department. He visited with the Upper Sandusky Police Department and found it would be a better fit for him.
Mathias knew about Terra State Community College, then known as Terra Tech, through its visit to the high school and information received in the mail. “My sister went to Tiffin University. That was not something I wanted to do. I wanted more of a technical school,” he recalls. “So, I went to visit Terra State with my parents and liked what I saw. As soon as I walked through the door, I knew it was a good fit.”
Mathias’ experience at Terra State was one he looks back on fondly. “The instructors were great with us and made you feel comfortable,” he remembers. “The Admissions Office was great in assisting you to get everything lined up to get you started. All of the classes were very informative and hands-on. The professors were actually veterans of the force and knew the subject matter. It was a great experience.”
Average Length of Study
2 years, Full time
Findlay Police Department
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