Education

Code-A-Thon teaches teens tech skills

We connect the dots

The Sandusky County Engineers Office is partnering with Microsoft locally to host a free STEAM outreach event January 25-27, 2019 at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio.

The Back to School Code-A-Thon is a FREE 48 hour program that gives students an opportunity to use technology, research, and collaborate to address issues and problems confronting the human race on a global scale. Students will work together to learn to code HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, while learning to use tools like GitHub to build a website that reflects their ideas and commitment to problem solving. Prizes are available for the teams that create the top three projects in their location! This is an international event, and students will be able to speak, work, and learn with other students around
the world via live video, web, and telecommunication technology! Returning students will have the opportunity to learn more advanced JavaScript, and advanced Web Development using React.

• Learn web development in a collaborative environment
• Meet students from around the nation
• Find solutions to real global problems using technology

This event will occur simultaneously with other locations internationally and a maximum of 50 kids locally will be taught basic coding skills using web-based software that they can continue to access post-event.

Locations Include:
New York: Westbury, WCTD
Pennsylvania: Darby, Penn Wood Middle School,
Ohio: Fremont, Terra State Community College
North Carolina: Charlotte, Queens University

This program is open to any student 13-18 years-old with a willingness to learn, work collaboratively, and who has a desire to address real global issues for the betterment of all mankind. If you are such a student, please join us for this event. Students will stay on
site throughout the 48 hour program. You may select your location when you register.

For information about the event visit http://we-connect-the-dots.org or contact the team via email events@we-connect-the-dots.org or by calling (631) 468-7475. Slots are still available for students, volunteers, and sponsors.

Tiffin University to launch its first Ph.D. Program

DSCF6126.jpgPress release provided by Tiffin University

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Tiffin University will launch its first Ph.D. Program beginning fall semester 2019.

The degree, Global Leadership and Change, was approved by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) at its meeting on Dec. 4, 2018.

“This exciting step forward is in line with our commitment to Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness (CCU),” said TU President Dr. Lillian Schumacher. “CCU builds global and cultural appreciation into our institutional DNA and the word global is not limited to international, ethnicity or race. It also includes differences in gender, religion, region, financial situation, sexual orientation, or physical ability—all elements that shape a person’s worldview,” she said.

“Global leaders are critical,” Schumacher continued, “especially in today’s complex and volatile political environment. Students who enroll in our Ph.D. program can expect to earn an education focused on leadership theory and practice that is inclusive of understanding, working with, and respecting others who are different from us. Providing this level of knowledge and ability sets TU apart from many other institutions of higher learning.”

Global Leadership and Change was developed with the adult professional in mind,” said Dr. Kenneth Rauch, Director of the Ph.D. Program. “It was designed with a curriculum to recognize the challenges and tremendous opportunities within today’s cross-cultural work environment. Practitioners in leadership roles in today’s business and educational environments have often been excluded by the traditional delivery of Ph.D. programs and extensive residency requirements within these programs. TU’s degree is offered within the online format and features limited residency requirements. Flexibility and the relational approach of faculty engagement allow students to work independently, but never alone.”

“It is imperative to gain as much exposure to other cultures and different perspectives as possible,” said Dr. Peter Holbrook, Provost. “Learning about how people in different cultures think, communicate, and achieve results will advance any career. It is TU’s intention to provide that learning environment for all of its students; especially those who enroll in this exciting new program.”

For more information about TU’s Global Leadership and Change Ph.D. program, contact Dr. Kenneth Rauch at rauchk@tiffin.edu .

About TIFFIN UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1888, TU has become a premier university for challenging students to enhance their global competencies for success in a diverse world. The University enrolls students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Tiffin, Ohio, at several locations in Ohio, online, and in several foreign countries. The campus at Tiffin is a blend of traditional historic and modern buildings, creating a vibrant and warm home for a culturally diverse educational community. Throughout its history, TU has maintained its dedication to providing a professionally focused, learning-centered education to prepare students for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership, and service. Tiffin University’s faculty offers a unique combination of practical application with scholarly knowledge. The TU approach to learning and skill set development insists on connecting students to the workplace as soon, and as often, as possible during their college experience through internships.

Terra State Community College to continue Workforce Demand Scholarship

2019 High School Graduates Given Tuition Free Option

Terra Legacy of Learning.jpgPress release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, November 16, 2018 – Terra State Community College has announced that it will once again offer the Workforce Demand Scholarship that will provide 2019 high school graduates the opportunity to attend class tuition free if they are pursuing a career in a high-demand job field. In addition to an education, students will also gain a guaranteed work-based experience.

The Workforce Demand Scholarship is available to students pursuing the following degrees:

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Business Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Health Information Technology
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interactive Media
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Music Technology and Recording Arts
  • Power and Controls (Electricity)
  • Power Technologies (includes Automotive)
  • Robotics/Integrated Manufacturing Technology
  • Systems and Network Support
  • Welding Technology

“Students have many options upon graduation,” says Kristen Lindsay, Interim Assistant Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services. “At Terra State, we offer an affordable scholarship opportunity to complete a degree and directly enter a high-demand career. Ohio has a goal to increase the post-secondary level attainment of adults in the state. We are contributing to that goal by offering an academic path that promotes both degree completion along with reducing college costs for graduating seniors.”

The Workforce Demand Scholarship will pay the gap between the cost of tuition and general fees and state and federal grants received by the student. “For example,” Lindsay says, “At Terra State, the current cost of tuition and general fees for the fall and spring semesters is $4926. If a student receives a Pell grant in the amount of $2000, along with other scholarships totaling $1000, your scholarship is the difference in the amount and would be $1296. Books and other fees are not covered by the scholarship.”

To qualify, a student must be enrolled full time (twelve or more credit hours) for the fall and spring semesters and part time (six or more credit hours) for the summer semester. Students who are awarded the Workforce Demand Scholarship will be provided the opportunity to participate in a work-based experience with an employer in Terra State’s service area.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

“Recipients of the Workforce Demand Scholarship need to enroll full-time at Terra State and they must attend consecutive fall and spring terms with summer enrollment remaining an option,” Lindsay points out. “Students are also required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and achieve a course completion rate of 68%.” Recipients forfeit all benefits if they stop taking classes or drop below full-time status.

For more information on the Workforce Demand Scholarship, interested persons can call 419.559.2349 or email admissions@terra.edu.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, residential college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

Schumacher Named Terra State Community President

Ron Schumacher (1)Press release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, November 5, 2018 – The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Ronald Schumacher the seventh President of the College.  Dr. Schumacher had been serving the College as the Interim President after the resignation of Dr. Jerome Webster.

Dr. Schumacher joined Terra State in January 2018 as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation.  Immediately prior to Terra State, Dr. Schumacher served as the Director of Facilities and Support Operations for Mercy Health in Tiffin.  His previous experience includes holding the positions of Vice President for Development and Public Affairs and Vice President of Enrollment at Tiffin University and Vice President of Enrollment at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Dr. Schumacher earned his Doctor of Education from Bowling Green State University and holds degrees from Tiffin University and Allegheny College.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, commuter college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

Heidelberg, Google partner in new Applied Computer Series

HU one of 5 schools nationally to pilot new courses trending in tech industry

Heidelberg University LogoTIFFIN – Heidelberg University and Google are collaborating to offer computer science, data science and machine learning courses to undergrad students who might not have considered themselves destined for a technology career.

The Applied Computing Series is a new, three-course program that will increase students’ access to quality data science and machine learning education by leveraging new technologies and teaching styles. In partnership with Google, Heidelberg will offer two Applied Computing courses during the academic year, Foundations of Python Programming and How to Think Like a Data Scientist. The third is an advanced course, the Applied Machine Learning Intensive, a 10-week, summer program designed to offer non-computer science majors a crash course in data engineering and machine learning that they can apply to their own majors and areas of expertise.

Heidelberg is one of only five colleges and universities selected nationally to collaborate with Google to pilot all three offerings in the new Applied Computing Series.

“Heidelberg’s partnership with Google will allow us to rethink the way traditional computer science is taught, as well as to prepare students for a new career path in machine learning with great market demand,” said Provost Dr. Beth Schwartz.

According to Google, the Applied Computing Series teaches the foundations of computer and data science, designed to attract students who might not have considered themselves destined for a technology career. All of the courses leverage tools and techniques used at Google and in the wider tech industry, while also teaching the non-tech skills needed to be successful at work more generally: soft skills required by employers, including critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and the ability to communicate and network.

The courses will teach students more than how to code. They will also teach data analytics, statistical techniques and machine learning modeling. “All of the courses combine high-impact practices that include skills in hands-on, collaborative projects meant to solve real-life problems in the tech industry and beyond,” Schwartz said, adding that the courses will reinforce the goals of Heidelberg’s HYPE Career Ready® Program.

Heidelberg has been piloting courses in this sequence with Google since January, said Sean Joyce, assistant professor and chair of computer science. “These courses complement and strengthen our long-standing computer science and information systems majors in engaging and exciting ways,” he said. “Our partnership with Google provides additional options for students who may or may not be majors but who recognize the importance of computational thinking and data analysis to their chosen fields of study.”

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Courses are taught using a “flipped classroom” model, where students review, study and practice material on their own, then work on collaborative projects in groups with coaching by their instructors.

Google is building these robust courses in partnership with highly regarded computer science academics. The Google instructional team builds the centralized content and in-class projects so that students have relevant, real-world problems to solve. The courses are then facilitated by Heidelberg faculty in STEM-related fields.

HERE’S WHAT STUDENTS GAIN UP FRONT

  • Skills that will position them for entry-level positions in the burgeoning machine learning workforce
  • Opportunities to work with Google engineers to learn about the tech industry’s working environments, challenges and nuances
  • Immersion in a project-based curriculum to help reinforce the computer and data science principles they’re learning

HEIDELBERG’S TRACK RECORD IS KEY

The schools involved in this pilot program were chosen because they have a successful track record of implementing new programs with innovative teaching and learning methods. Google and the schools involved are also interested in investigating new, economically efficient approaches to reaching more students.

ADDRESSING PROJECTED WORKFORCE SHORTAGE

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workforce projections in both computer science and data analytics predict that over the next decade, the U.S. will experience a shortage of new talent to meet increasing demand. The skills students need to meet market demand are also rapidly evolving, particularly in the newer domains of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

It’s imperative, according to Google and Heidelberg, that students understand how to use the best available tools to manipulate and understand data; using that analysis to solve business problems will be core competencies in many industries within the next five years.

“This partnership and our new courses demonstrate our continued commitment to the preparation of our students for the professions of today and tomorrow,” Joyce said.

AN ECOSYSTEM FOR DEVELOPERS

Through partnerships with colleges and universities, Google hopes to develop an ecosystem where each institution can bring what it does best to the collaboration: Google can create cutting-edge, industry-relevant content and projects and colleges and universities can provide experienced faculty and a cohort-based, residential experience for students, all of which have important value in the development of traditionally aged college students into responsible, work-ready adults.

Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Terra receives grant for renovation, leadership and entrepreneurial center

Terra Logo 12.8Press release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, September 7, 2018 – Through the Terra College Foundation, Terra State Community College has received a grant for nearly $288,000 from the United State Department of Agriculture in the form of a Rural Business Development Grant.  The funds will be used to renovate the first floor of the General Technologies Building for the new home of the Kern Center, as well as the Board Room on the second floor.

Additionally, a new leadership and entrepreneurial center will be created.  The new center will focus on area businesses, manufacturers, health care providers and their employees that want to advance to supervisory positions and need leadership training.  The center will be the first of its kind for community colleges in Ohio and will possibly open early next year.

Other updates to the building will be the addition of charging stations and computers for internet/email access in the atrium, new furniture for all rooms and teleconferencing capabilities.

Terra State Community College is a two-year accredited, state-supported, commuter college located in Fremont, Ohio. Terra State has a long history of service to the community and providing students with an education that is both accessible and affordable. Terra State offers twenty-two Applied Degrees and Certificates to students.

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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.