Tiffin University welcomes largest class ever

+ Kirk Courtyard hands IMG_0867Despite the fact college enrollment is in decline for the sixth straight year in the U.S., Tiffin University welcomed over 520 first-time students to its campus this fall.  This year’s class is one of the largest in the University’s 130-year history. In fact, this year’s 450-member class of first-time, first-year domestic students is the largest incoming class in the institution’s history.

New students hail from 26 states, ranging from California to New York to Florida; and new International students from New Zealand and Bolivia increase the number of countries currently represented on Tiffin’s campus to 27.

“The cultural exchange between domestic and international students is critical to us; it moves our initiative of Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness (CCU) to a commitment that prepares our students for success in a diverse world,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “This commitment strengthens understanding and acceptance of each other while sharpening the student’s competitive edge. TU’s commitment is to ensure that every student, regardless of major field of study, graduates with a set of relevant, globally diverse competencies that allow them to hit the ground running. That is what sets TU apart from many other institutions.”

With over 50 degree-granting programs that are focused on linking knowledge to professional practice, TU provides a transformative education both in and out of the classroom. Students prepare for the real-world with internships and experiential learning, on-campus work and special class projects. TU’s faculty carry advanced degrees, but their on-the-job perspective and experience make them subject matter experts.

Tiffin University’s integrated enrollment process has increased the recruitment footprint, including an added emphasis on international student recruitment,” said Dr. Jeremy Marinis, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management.

Press release above provided by Tiffin University.

Tiffin University has been on a steady track of growth in recent years, in not only its enrollment but also in program offerings, sports, and improvements to the campus. Below are some of the recent news stories about the university.

Heidelberg University ranks nationally

Heidelberg University LogoThis week, Heidelberg University was once again among the top colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national survey, ranked at #58 in Regional Universities Midwest (up from #60 last year) and at #30 in Best Value Schools.

“In recent years, Heidelberg has taken important steps to become more contemporary and more relevant for our students,” said President Rob Huntington.  “We have sharpened our focus on the needs and priorities identified in our Academic Strategic Initiatives for Improvement Plan as we also continue to enhance our co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings and resources to ensure our students are successful.

A combination of innovative, new programs – including the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, new academic majors, minors and tracks, the HYPE Career Ready® Program and the PlusOne Advantage® Free MBA set Heidelberg apart and give students great opportunities and big advantages to prepare for successful careers and great lives lived purposefully and with distinction, Huntington said.

Heidelberg was also recently ranked by College Consensus, a ranking website combining the latest results in the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web to produce an aggregate score, as one of the 25 Best Colleges in Ohio.

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Family & Children First Council to offer Bridges Out of Poverty training

Bridges Out of PovertySeneca County Family & Children First Council will hold a Bridges Out of Poverty training session at the Department of Job and Family Services (900 County Road 20, Tiffin) Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, 9 a.m.-12p.m.

The goal of the program is to review the skills, policies and procedures that will enable organizations, employers and communities to become more skilled in working with individuals who are in poverty.

Key objectives:

  • Explore mental models of poverty, middle class and wealth;
  • Learn the hidden rules of each class;
  • Understand key concepts that underline Bridges Out of Poverty;
  • Learn the different registers of language;
  • Identify resources; and
  • Explore how to use Bridges constructs with clients.

Key Questions You will be asked:

  • Before training – What are some things I do not understand about individuals living and poverty and the choices they make?
  • During training – How can I support individuals seeking to move out of poverty?
  • After training – What are program design changes I think need to be made based on what I have learned today?
  • Individuals living in generational poverty are excellent problem solvers. How can we engage people from all classes?

To register, contact Sharon George at (419) 443-0981 or sgeorge@ncoesc.org

North Central Academy awarded $10,000 grant for REACH Program; seeking business volunteers

Reach Banner.pngThe National Machinery Foundation has awarded North Central Academy (NCA) a $10,000 Grant to be used to implement a county-wide career education program (REACH).  REACH utilizes local business employees to teach monthly lessons about soft skills needed for employment, such as communication, technology, habits, talents and attitude. The grant will be used to work with 7 local school districts in Seneca County including:  Fostoria, Hopewell-Loudon, Mohawk, New Riegel, North Central Academy, Old Fort and Seneca East.

“The REACH program is one of the initiatives of North Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s (NCOESC) Business Advisory Council (BAC),” said NCA Superintendent, Brenda Luhring. “We are very grateful to the National Machinery Foundation for realizing the importance of such a program for our community businesses and the close to 500 sixth grade students within our BAC member schools.”

REACH is currently seeking business partners for classroom volunteers.  David Zak, President and CEO of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development (SIEDC) stated, “SIEDC is excited to be part of REACH and we encourage Seneca County businesses to consider one or two of their employees to volunteer. Workforce Development is a key focus and REACH is a part of the efforts to prepare the next generation of Seneca County employees.”

For more information on the SENECA COUNTY REACH program, or to volunteer, contact John Davoli at jdavoli@ncoesc.org or 419-447-2927.

Download the volunteer form here.

First Sign Enhancement Grant approved

The Ritz Theatre to upgrade marquee/signage

Ritz Sign.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – August 29, 2018 – The Architectural Board of Review has approved the first Sign Enhancement Grant in the amount of $1,000 for improvements to the marquee of The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.

Ritz Theatre Executive Director Michael Strong said the grant will help alleviate the costs of restoring the signage of the historic theater. “It is imperative that we retain the historic nature of the theater even as we update technology in the lighting,” he said. “This grant helps make it more affordable to make the appropriate changes the right way.”

The Ritz Theatre is the first project approved for a Sign Enhancement Grant since it was implemented by the City of Tiffin at the beginning of 2018. The grant is a 50 percent reimbursement of expenses directly related to perpendicular signage on properties within the downtown target area, up to a maximum match of $1,000. The Ritz was awarded $1,000 to replace and upgrade the lighting of their sign, marquee and “downlight” to the long-life and cost-saving LED equivalents while retaining the vintage look of the signage.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “I am pleased to see The Ritz Theatre taking advantage of the program and I encourage any other downtown business looking to upgrade their signage to apply.”

The Sign Enhancement Grant is available through the end of 2018. For more information about the program, contact Downtown Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Downtown building to be renovated, business to relocate

Seneca Cleaners moving to S. Monroe St.

Seneca Cleaners.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – August 28, 2018 – Business owners Dale and Paula Depew will be renovating 50 S. Monroe St., with plans to move Seneca Cleaners there in 2019.

Depew said he had wanted someone to develop the building, which has been vacant for 14 years, and took it on himself when the opportunity arose. “I have confidence in the Tiffin economy and downtown revitalization, and I want to be a part of it,” he said.

Depew plans to renovate the 4,100 square foot building and separate the space into three units. One will house Seneca Cleaners, and include a pick-up window for quick service, while the other two units will be available for lease. The building also includes dedicated parking.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz looks forward to continued development in the downtown area. “Coming on the heels of the riverfront development project announcement, this renovation will serve to further enhance the area and return to use a vacant building that has been long overdue for restoration,” he said.

During the renovation process, Seneca Cleaners is open and working out of a space in the eastern part of the Tiffin Mall (adjacent to the former JC Penney store) at 870 W. Market St.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Washington Street Outfitters to relocate, expand

WSO moves to 186 S. Washington St.

IMG_6897.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – August 27, 2018 – Downtown boutique Washington Street Outfitters will be moving to a new location this fall. The storefront space at 186 S. Washington St. will provide the shop room to expand their product offerings and selection.

Owners Zoe Dolch and Spenser Blackiston are looking forward to providing a better experience for their customers. “The new space has the right aesthetic, gives us a larger area to work with, more storage in the back room, better ease of access, and more readily available parking, as well as a more visual storefront,” Dolch said.

WSO got their start through the Laird Business Contest. Dolch and Blackistan submitted their business plan and competed with six other entrepreneurs to win one year of free rent for a space in the Laird Arcade, courtesy of the Tiffin Community Reinvestment Group.

“The Laird allowed us to get on our feet and learn,” Dolch said. “We are thankful for the opportunity and experience, and we are ready to take what we’ve learned and use it on a larger scale.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated the pair on their success. “With Washington Street Outfitters, Zoe and Spenser have proven that their concept works in downtown Tiffin and that young entrepreneurs can thrive here,” he said.

WSO is still open at their current location inside the Laird Arcade Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for more information and updates.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Tiffin ranks in top 50 safest college towns nationwide

Safewise_SafestCollegeTowns-WebsiteBadge_2018.pngSafeWise released its 3rd annual “Safest College Towns in America” on August 20th in anticipation of the new semester starting for college students, with Tiffin ranked at #18 in the top 50.

To compile this report, SafeWise safety experts analyzed the FBI’s most recent crime statistics from 2016 to calculate the total number of violent crimes committed in American college towns. To be in the running, cities needed to exceed 15,000 residents and be home to an accredited college that offered four-year degrees. Towns with for-profit institutions, technical and vocational schools, community colleges, seminaries, field-specific institutions, and schools that only offer two-year degrees were excluded.

See the full report, here: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-college-towns-america/

Ohio highlights:

  • Two of the safest college towns are in Ohio. Tiffin ranked at #18 and Ashland at #30.
  • All of the cities in the top 50 are at least three points below the national rate of violent crimes per 1,000 people, which is 4.64.

About SafeWise
SafeWise is an online safety resource that helps families and communities make informed decisions. Our mission is to provide helpful reviews, insightful tips, comprehensive resources, and valuable safety information.

New counseling service open in Tiffin

MK Counseling and Consulting taking clients now

McBride Klein HeadshotTIFFIN, OHIO – August 20, 2018 – MK Counseling and Consulting LLC has moved into a newly renovated space at 24 W. Market St., Suite 3 in Tiffin. Dr. Meagan McBride Klein brings more than ten years of experience to the counseling and consulting practice and is accepting clients now.

The office is a new venture for Dr. McBride Klein, who recently took a full-time faculty position at Heidelberg University. “I am passionate about mental health work and as an educator, it is vital that what I teach is aligned with current practice, and my current practice is steeped in the most up to date research and techniques,” she said. “I am also very passionate about Tiffin and excited to serve the community.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the new business. “Mental health services are in high demand everywhere,” he said. “Dr. McBride Klein’s practice will make a great addition to our community and provide another option for our residents.”

Dr. McBride Klein is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Certified Trauma Practitioner with experience providing therapy to adults, young adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. She also has a certified Therapy Dog, Seamus, who assists in treatment on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to helping clients in therapy, she has been an educator for the last eleven years serving in preschool, K-12, and higher-education settings. She frequently works collaboratively with businesses, providers, and other groups to provide trainings and educational seminars.

Dr. McBride Klein earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo. She also holds an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University and a B.A. in Special Education from Bowling Green State University.

For more information, visit www.mkcac.com or call 567-230-4703 for an appointment.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Potential riverfront development recommended to Tiffin City Council

Transformational residential and hotel project eyed for downtown Tiffin

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Ed Hernando addresses Tiffin City Council.

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 16, 2018 – Tiffin City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved sending to the next full Council meeting a purchase agreement for two of the City’s downtown parking lots along the Sandusky River. The sites would be acquired by Tiffin River Front Development LLC in order to build both a creative loft living complex and a full-service hotel/condominium facility. If the sale is approved, the development company plans to enter the full due diligence and design phase, aiming to finalize the project details by sometime in 2019.

Florida-based developer and entrepreneur Ed Hernando is a Heidelberg University graduate, former captain of the football team, and current member of Heidelberg’s business school advisory board. He has been working with the city and economic development officials on the project concept since early 2017. He cited the city’s prudent planning in the purchase of the Stalsworth and Livery property in 2013 and the 2016 Downtown Strategic Growth & Development Plan among several reasons to invest in Tiffin. “It is evident that Tiffin is a community investing in itself and its future, and I want to support its growth and development with this large-scale project,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said that Tiffin is open and prepared for this kind of development. “The Tiffin Riverfront Development will be a transformational project in the heart of downtown Tiffin building upon the already strong momentum the community has experienced over the past several years,” he stated. “It will provide unique housing and lodging for new and current residents while serving as a catalyst for additional investment in the future. This further builds on other major transformational projects in the downtown like the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green, future splash pad, and newly renovated lofts and storefronts.”

Moving the project forward is contingent upon significant further due diligence and market validation, but the current plan, based on research to date, contains the “Creative Lofts” and “Downtown Residences and Hotel” projects.

The Creative Lofts will be located on City Lot 6 across the river from Kiwanis Manor and will offer affordable lofts geared toward young professionals and graduates from the local communities, encouraging young people to stay in Tiffin post-graduation to live, work, launch businesses, and make Tiffin their home. It is estimated that the Creative Lofts will have 85 units, which is subject to change based on entitlement, building restrictions, and market conditions.

The Downtown Residences & Hotel will be located on City Lot 4 on the site of the former Stalsworth Hotel and Livery and provide the ultimate in elegance and spa living for condominium owners and a boutique hotel experience for guests. The project includes a restaurant lobby and bar, conference space for events, banquets and weddings, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant. It is estimated that the Downtown Residences & Hotel will have 50 full-service hotel rooms, 45 condominium residences, and four to five penthouse units. This is also subject to change, based on the previously mentioned factors.

The purchase agreement will be put forth in a city ordinance, to be presented at the first of three readings by Tiffin City Council in a regular meeting Monday, Aug. 20.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.