AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches Gets Grant

Aug. 11, 2014

For Immediate Release

AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches Program Receives $353,575


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches Initiative, which is placing 27 “Coaches” who help support first-time students at 12 community colleges throughout Ohio to earn a certificate or degree, has received $353,575 in grant funding.

The funding will... Read more

Exemplary Community College Officials Honored

June 2, 2014

For Immediate Release


Exemplary Community College Alumnus, Officials and Trustees Honored


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Several community college trustees and others connected with Ohio’s community colleges statewide were honored during the recent 21st Annual Ohio Association of Community College Excellence Awards.

“These trustees and distinguished award winners exemplify the best in... Read more

Hershey To Be Next OACC President


For Immediate Release


May 29, 2014                                                                                                                                                 



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College Completion Coaches Program Recognized

May 6, 2014

For Immediate Release


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2014 edition of “Transforming Communities Through Service” publicationhas listed the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches Initiative, a strategic partnership between the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, AmeriCorps and ServeOhio, as an innovative program.

The AmeriCorps Completion Coaches Initiative, which in the 2013-2014... Read more

2014 All Ohio Academic Team Honorees Named

May 5, 2014

For Immediate Release


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sixty of the highest achieving community college students from around Ohio were honored  Wednesday,  April 30, as part of the All-Ohio Academic Team Awards.

“Congratulations to the fine scholars that make up the 2014 All-Ohio Academic Team,” said Karen Rafinski, interim president of... Read more

Apprenticeship Programs Can Lead To Credit

From The Plain Dealer:

By Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer
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Marion Star: State Needs Opportunity Back in Grant

An editorial in the Marion Star on Dec. 21, 2013

Nearly two years ago, a cavalcade of hopeful state legislators paraded before voters and talked of ways to better provide access to high-quality college education throughout Ohio.

They touted it as a way to help businesses across the state get stronger... Read more

Vindicator: Restore College Financial Aid

An editorial in the Youngstown Vindicator on Dec. 22, 2014

There is no reason that students attending Ohio’s many community colleges should be discriminated against when it comes to receiving state financial assistance. But, that’s exactly the situation today because state government has not restored the Ohio College Opportunity... Read more

OACC on Farm Bureau's "Town Hall Ohio"

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges is coming to a radio near you!

OACC Interim President Dr. Karen Rafinski and Director of Public Affairs Jeff Ortega recently taped a segment for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s “Town Hall Ohio” radio program, a public affairs program hosted by Joe Cornely, OFBF’s Sr.... Read more

OACC Wants State Needs Based Aid Restored

Published: Sun, December 8, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m. in the Youngstown Vindicator

By Denise Dick


Since 2009, Ohio’s community-college students have been ineligible for need-based state aid, and they remain the only higher-education sector that’s still ineligible.

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges wants to change that.

The association recommends... Read more

Opportunity Grants Don't Live Up To Name

An Editorial  From The Canton Repository

The issue: State grant restrictions

For the past four years, community college students in Ohio have been denied access to the state’s financial aid program for low-income students. This is baffling at best, infuriating at worst.

The General Assembly should end this restriction... Read more

Aid Sought for Two Year Students

Aid sought for Ohio students seeking 2-year degrees

By  Encarnacion Pyle

The Columbus Dispatch

Monday November 25, 2013 5:56 AM

The leaders of Ohio’s public community colleges say they’re tired of their students being treated like second-class citizens.

And they want lawmakers to set aside $20 million so their students can again draw... Read more

In Ohio, grant changes leave out many in need

From the Community College Times, Washington, DC.


In Ohio, grant changes leave out many students in need

By Tabitha Whissemore, Published November 21, 2013

​Community college students in Ohio are paying the price for the decline in state need-based aid.

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) provides financial assistance to low-income students... Read more

Akron Beacon Journal - Disadvantage, Ohio

Nov. 4, 2013

From the Akron Beacon Journal -- an editorial

Disadvantage, Ohio

Ohio doesn’t have enough college graduates, lagging behind the national average, ranking in the high 30s among the states. That shortfall helps to explain the trend of the past three decades, the state’s average income declining sharply relative to... Read more

Toledo Blade: Granting Opportunity

an editorial

Nov. 4, 2013


Granting opportunity

State lawmakers have wrapped up six public hearings on higher education reform around Ohio, including at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg Township. Topics of the hearings, attended by hundreds of people, included credit transfers, adult education, faculty workloads, dual-enrollment programs, state funding, financial aid... Read more

Left Out In Ohio

From Inside Higher Ed



October 25, 2013

By Paul Fain


In the recession’s wake, Ohio began earmarking money from... Read more

Letter to the Editor -- The Blade - Stinziano





Letters to the Editor

2-year collegians need state help


I couldn’t agree more with The Blade that Ohio’s two-year students deserve access to state need-based aid (“Higher education” editorial, Sept. 21).

Community colleges continue to be a key driver of work-force development training and high-quality and affordable undergraduate education. That students at... Read more

Letter to the Editor -- The Blade - McColley

Published 10/6/13

College grants to aid labor pool

As Henry County’s economic development director, I have seen firsthand the struggle local manufacturers go through to recruit and maintain skilled labor .

Our skilled-labor shortage is an alarming issue that must be dealt with proactively by supporting our community colleges, which are the main... Read more

Columbus State Celebrates 50 Years

By  Encarnacion Pyle

The Columbus Dispatch Monday September 23, 2013 2:06 AM

Columbus State Community College will be one of 10 Ohio two-year schools to have coaches on hand... Read more

Completion Coaches To Help First Time CC Students

Aug. 21, 2012

For Immediate Release


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Community college graduates will return to community colleges throughout the state this fall to serve as Completion Coaches dedicated to  supporting first-time students who are enrolled in developmental education courses  to... Read more

AmeriCorps project will help new CC students


From The Plain Dealer ...

Published: Thursday, August 02, 2012, 10:00 PM     Updated: Thursday, August 02, 2012, 10:34 PM
CLEVELAND... Read more

Cincy State on track for August opening

From The Middletown Journal on Monday July 30, 2012 ...

By Michael D. Pitman

Staff Writer


When Cincinnati State Middletown opens next month, school officials are confident they’ll meet their 200-plus student enrollment goal.

As of Thursday, 101 students have been admitted (and 95 of those students... Read more

LCCC Professor Wins Award

From Lorain County Community College ... 

Students in Claudia Lubaski’s accounting courses at Lorain County Community College quickly find out that she is not a stereotypical number cruncher.
“I portray today’s accountant as a fun loving and dynamic individual instead of the person with the green visor... Read more

2012 Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Please click here for the news release announcing the 2012 Ohio Association of Community Colleges Excellence Awards winners.

To view pictures from the 2012 Excellence Awards, please click here.

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EGCC President: Downtown Gives Us Room To Grow

From the Youngstown Vindicator's May 31 editions ... 

By Denise Dick


Even with a new, larger facility in the city’s downtown, Eastern Gateway Community College expects to outgrow it within five years.

That’s one of the advantages of being downtown, said Laura Meeks, the college’s president.

When EGCC’s Valley Center outgrows... Read more

Tri-C's first President Charles Chapman impressed

From The Plain Dealer ...

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2012, 3:00 PM

By Karen Farkas, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Charles Chapman arrived in Cleveland 50 years ago to create a college.

The first president of Cuyahoga Community College didn't have a building, faculty or money. And most... Read more

Tuition Opportunity Announced At Eastern Gateway

From Eastern Gateway Community College ...
Eastern Gateway Community College proudly announces the Gateway Grant, an economical opportunity to make higher education even more accessible for qualified high school graduates from Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.
The college’s Board of Trustees approved the Gateway Grant that will help more area residents reach... Read more

Community College, Warren Partner for Job Training

From WYTV (ABC), Youngstown

March 29, 2012

See the video here.

The lucrative shale boom is bringing business to the Valley and it's also bringing with it huge job opportunities.

On Thursday, the city of Warren and Eastern Gateway Community... Read more

COTC Dedicates New Campus Facility

From The Mt. Vernon (Ohio) News …

By Alan ReedMount Vernon News

March 21, 2012 11:09 am EDT

MOUNT VERNON — The culmination of many years of planning, hard work and anticipation officially came to fruition Tuesday morning in downtown Mount Vernon. Numerous area residents, business representatives, city officials... Read more

New spending bill to go for repair projects

From The Daily Record of Wooster:



Dix Capital Bureau

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich has asked lawmakers to sign off on $1.74 billion in new construction and repair projects statewide.

The two-year capital spending bill, the first considered by the legislature since... Read more

Websites Aid Students In Comparing Colleges

From The Columbus Dispatch

By  Encarnacion Pyle

The Columbus Dispatch Monday March 5, 2012 4:39 AM

If you’re a high-school senior or a parent of one, you know that sifting through all the information about... Read more

College Opportunities Growing In Area High Schools

From The Columbus Dispatch

By  Charlie Boss

The Columbus Dispatch Sunday March 4, 2012 9:25 AM

More Columbus-area high schools are bringing Columbus State Community College to their students.

Reynoldsburg school officials said last month that... Read more

Northwest State Receives $5 Million Federal Grant

From Northwest State Community College:

ARCHBOLD, OHIO –Northwest State Community College has received a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Labor to be used for workforce development training. The grant, awarded through the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition, will fund education, training and job placement assistance for... Read more

Ohio colleges agree on construction wish list

From The Columbus Dispatch:

By  Encarnacion Pyle  and  Joe Vardon

Thursday February 16, 2012

Gov. John Kasich challenged Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities to work together instead of compete for limited state funding.

They came... Read more

Owens Readies Campus Food Pantry

From The Toledo Blade:

Published: 1/30/2012 -

Owens readies campus food pantry for students in need of assistance


Its shelves stocked with staples such as peanut butter, cereal, and pasta, what is believed to be the region’s first food pantry for college students... Read more

Shaping the future of higher education

College costs are rising. Student debt is mounting. And most Americans say college fails to deliver good values.

So what do you do? Call together... Read more

EGCC Offers Info on Shale Training

From the Youngstown Business Journal:

EGCC Offers Info on Shale Training
Jan. 9, 2012 6:34 a.m.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Eastern Gateway Community College is hosting information sessions on shale gas training Jan. 17 at the Jefferson County Campus here. The session will provide information on entry-level jobs, the training program... Read more

Eastern Gateway To Offer Truck Driving Program

December 24, 2011
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Eastern Gateway Community College will bring a Commercial Drivers License program to Jefferson County in January.

The Big Rig Truck Driving School Inc., an Ohio licensed CDL training provider, and Eastern Gateway... Read more

Dr. Para M. Jones named Stark State President

From Stark State College:

The Stark State College Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Para M. Jones the fourth president in the College’s 51-year history at a special Board meeting Wednesday. Jones, president of Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, SC, will take the helm as Stark State president Feb. 6, 2012.... Read more

High School Dropouts To Get New Chance

Owens Community College has received a $325,000 grant to help high schooldrop outs in Toledo complete their high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
The program will be geared to young... Read more

Colleges Asked For 1 Wishlist

By  Encarnacion Pyle

The Columbus Dispatch Saturday December 17, 2011 5:25 AM