Terra State is constantly exploring ways to improve how we can deliver high-quality educational opportunities to our surrounding communities. In the past five years, we have seen an increased number of students taking advantage of our numerous online and hybrid courses. This is especially true of students who live outside of Fremont, but what about those who live in surrounding areas and need to take seated classes? Many commute to Fremont to complete their coursework, which can be challenging when trying to balance work, school, and family.
Beginning this academic year, Terra State is partnering with the Fostoria Learning Center and ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital to bring outstanding training in the medical field to Fostoria residents. Currently we are offering a Medical Assistant program cohort with plans to add a second cohort and a Phlebotomy certificate program in the fall of 2016. This means that people living near Fostoria can complete their degree or certificate close to home – saving both time and money while receiving the same excellent education they would on our Fremont campus.
The concept for the Fostoria Learning Center started in 2012 when local workforce leaders in Fostoria met with city leaders to develop a plan to increase the number of skilled workers in the region. In the past three years, proponents of the Learning Center conducted a feasibility study, identified initial funding sources including grants, obtained their 501c3 status from the IRS, reached out to area colleges including Terra State Community College, and successfully launched the first class in partnership with Terra State and ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital. The Learning Center has also acquired a building, completed the design and layout, and identified project costs and phases. Currently ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital is allowing the Medical Assistant cohort to utilize space to serve as a classroom as well as lab space while the Learning Center is completing renovations.
Sarah Leal is completing her second semester as a Terra State student at the Fostoria Learning Center in the Medical Assistant program. With plans to graduate in 2017, Sarah is happy she chose to continue her education and feels this program was the perfect fit – “Being a stay-at-home mom with two kids and a job, it is really convenient to just come right down the road to such a good program and environment with excellent teachers.”
If you know someone who may be interested in our programs offered in Fostoria, there will be an Open House held at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital on March 30 from 5-8 p.m. and another on April 13 from 5-8 p.m. For more information about the Fostoria Learning Center, contact Cyndi Geroski – Interim Director at 419.934.0549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So why are we at Terra State so excited about this partnership? It fits with our mission 100%! We are a catalyst for prosperity that is providing quality learning experiences for life and work in our community. And now we are able to expand our reach by bringing learning experiences to your neighborhood.
Not only is Terra State offering opportunities to people in and around Fostoria, we are also partnering with Northwest State and the University of Toledo at the Scott Park campus in Toledo to bring Advanced Manufacturing training to the Toledo area. For more information about the programs at Scott Park, contact Lyn Sullivan – Director of Satellite Services at 419.559.2391 or email@example.com.