Terra State Community College

Terra sets dates for Small Business Basics courses

Press Release via Terra State Community College

The Small Business Basics course is a free, three-hour seminar that will answer questions about starting, buying, or expanding a small business. This seminar will take the confusion out of your efforts, and help you to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps.

Participants can learn the basics of:

  • Name Registration
  • Licensing
  • Taxes
  • Advisors Business Entities
  • Employees
  • Insurance
  • Financing Business Planning
  • And More

The program is presented by the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College and courses will be presented in the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, Room 103, at Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

The program is sponsored by Civista Bank, Croghan Colonial Bank, Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development, First National Bank, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, PNC Bank, Sutton Bank and U.S. Bank

Dates and times for 2022:

  • Wednesday, Jan 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr 20, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • (No July Seminars)
  • Wednesday, Aug 3, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug 17, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct 5, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • (No December Seminars)

To register, contact: Miranda Hoffman, Director of  Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, at (419) 559-2210 or email mhoffma05@terra.edu.

About The Ohio Small Business Development Center

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Department of Development. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the SBDC at Terra State Community College, 419.559.2210.

Northwest Career Ready hires its first full-time leader

Ohio native to lead regional Business Advisory Council beginning Sept. 13

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 23, 2021 – The Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), in partnership with Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers and Terra State Community College, announced the hiring of Chandler Grooms as a new Workforce Development Manager to lead Northwest Career Ready, a regional Business Advisory Council for several local school districts in Seneca and surrounding counties. Grooms is set to begin his job at TSEP on Sept. 13, 2021.

“I am excited about applying my experience and skills to Northwest Career Ready and helping thousands of students experience work-based learning and identify rewarding career pathways in their home communities,” Grooms said. “The collaboration here is incredible and growing, and I look forward to strengthening existing partnerships and supporting our local school districts and businesses.”

A former operations manager and interim executive director with the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association, Grooms has also worked with Lighthouse Youth Services, in the hospitality industry, and for his local YMCA. He is also a four-year AmeriCorps volunteer with a passion for helping high school students reach their potential and a graduate of Shawnee State University with a degree in political science.

Greg Edinger, Superintendent of Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, celebrated the move. “Helping students prepare for and successfully pursue career pathways is core to our mission, and we continue to be committed to Northwest Career Ready and creating work-based learning opportunities for all. We welcome Chandler to the team.”

Terra State President Ron Schumacher agreed. “In the last two years, we have been able to develop a collaborative strategic plan for work-based learning, streamline and consolidate business advisory councils, and create a marketing plan to spread the word. We are excited to have a full-time person focus on strengthening partnerships and executing our plans.”

“Over the last couple of years, Tiffin City School’s Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood did an amazing job helping us establish a foundation for success,” said TSEP President & CEO David Zak. “We’re confident Chandler can help build on that success to write the next chapter positively impact education, workforce, and economic development.”

About Northwest Career Ready

In 2019, Tiffin City Schools, Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers (VSCTC), and Terra State Community College partnered with the Jobs for the Future (JFF) and their Pathways to Prosperity (PTP) national network to develop deeper relationships with regional business, industry, and educational institutions. That national PTP network includes programs in Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. One of the newest programs is Northwest Career Ready (NCR), established in 2019 Seneca County and now encompassing fifteen K12 educational districts in Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, and Richland Counties. 

NCR and its more than 70 volunteers believe that for young people to see themselves living and working in the region, and for employers to see high school students and their future talent pipeline, it is critical that cross-sector stakeholders work together to map out seamless transitions from school to career success. So, the goal is to create, coordinate, and deliver work-based learning opportunities to every student at scale.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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.tiffinseneca.org.

Terra to offer free cyber security webinar

Information via Terra State Community College

The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, in partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration, is presenting a free webinar, Cyber Security for Small Business: Navigating the Modern Workplace with COVID-19, from 9-11 a.m. July 28.

In this free, two-hour virtual session, Andrew Stainbrook of dontet technologies will be exploring the various ways you can be proacite with your cybersity practices.

To register, download and fill out the registration form (click here) and email it to kern@terra.edu. A meeting link will be sent to your email. For more information, call 419.559.2464.

Terra State offering workplace cybersecurity program

Information provided by Terra State Community College

Terra State Community College is hosting a free luncheon meeting, “Cybersecurity for Your Workplace,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont Ohio.

The meeting is a discussion concerning cybersecurity attacks, securing data and protecting your organization, led by Haley Crabtree and Michael Daigneault, instructors and cybersecurity professionals at Terra State.

Lunch is to be provided.

The event is a partnership between Terra State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. National Security Agency and Sandusky County Economic Development Corp.,

For more information or to register, call (419) 559-2464 or email kern@terra.edu.

Erin Cremean joins Terra State in workforce success

Press release provided by Terra State Community College

Fremont, Ohio, Aug. 2, 2019 – Erin Cremean, current resident of Port Clinton, accepted the Interim Director of Workforce Success position at Terra State Community College. She will be assisting students in their journey to their dream career.

President Ronald Schumacher is looking forward to the progress Cremean will make in this new position. “Erin will be a great asset to the College,” he said. “Her relationships with area businesses will provide a convenient stepping stone for our students when beginning their careers.”

“I love to keep learning, growing and challenging myself,” Cremean said. “So, this has been a neat journey for me to be here and I’m excited to see the things we’ll get to do!”

Some of what Cremean wants to accomplish in this new position is to, first and foremost, build Terra State’s partnerships with surrounding businesses. “I want to really connect with them, find out what they want and need and how Terra can help them grow their workforce,” she said. “I want to build close enough relationships with these companies that they can just call me and say ‘hey Erin, I need this’ and I can send them somebody.”

Cremean also wants to learn more about Fremont and its surrounding area and to be more integrated with the instructors at the College.

Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation Cory Stine is to collaborate with Cremean. “We’re looking forward to the workforce and community education unit, under Erin’s leadership, collaborating with colleagues from across the College,” he said.

Before working at Terra State, Cremean was the Global Internship Director for Sandusky City Schools at Sandusky High School where she helped high school seniors figure out what they wanted to do and then connected them to professionals in the areas they’re interested in. “They got to test drive their dream profession in an internship the second semester of their senior year,” she said. In this role, Cremean worked with 246 companies.

Cremean helped bring 96 juniors and seniors from Sandusky interested in trades to tour Terra State. “When I saw what was going on here at Terra, I got really excited because it’s such a good fit for a lot of the students at Sandusky because we had a comprehensive high school with college classes and trades along with Gen. Eds. So, this was a neat transition,” she said.

Before her career with Sandusky City Schools, she worked at EHOVE Career Center as a Success for Youth Career Advisor for at-risk youth of Erie, Huron and Sandusky Counties. She also taught personal interest courses, was the Media Director at Perkins local schools and has a background in the fine arts.

“I’ve had a variety in my background, but everything has been a step in this direction and now it’s all coming together and it’s exciting,” Cremean explained. “I always tell people, your success is a journey. It’s not just one degree or diploma. It’s a journey in your life to get where you want to be.”

Stine is happy to have Cremean on board. “The College is thrilled to have someone like Erin with such an extensive employer relationship and networking background and understanding of workforce development issues,” he said.

Cremean holds a Bachelor in Education from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and has taken graduate courses in workforce and career advising. Before attending BGSU, she went to Edison State Community College and transferred her credits. “I really relate to the students at Terra State,” she said. “I know what it’s like to go to a community college and then continue my education. I also get how it is to work and go to school.”

In addition to her work in career education, Cremean also is involved in the community. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club in Sandusky and is looking to transfer her membership to the Fremont Kiwanis Club, she is in the Erie County Chamber of Commerce and plans to get involved in the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce and she does a lot of conservation and clean-up efforts around the Great Lakes. “It’s a blessing to be involved in the community,” she said.

In her free time, Cremean enjoys sailing, traveling, riding motorcycles, parasailing and so much more. “I have an adventurous spirit,” she said.

“I like to get people to try new things and believe in themselves,” Cremean said. “I get so excited when students get that ah-ha moment of ‘I know what I want to do’ or ‘I know what I want to be’ or they get that job where they feel that sense of satisfaction. That always makes my day.”          

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.

2019 small business seminar schedule set

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Small Business Development Center Director Bill Auxter

Bill Auxter, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College, hosts a free, monthly Small Business Basics seminar at the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. On average, Bill works with more than 150 small businesses each year, which includes pre-ventures, start-ups, and existing businesses.

The Business Basics seminar is a two-hour session designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business. Participants are walked through the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, advisors, business entities, employees, insurance, financing, business planning and more.

The seminars take place at the Seneca Regional Chamber and Visitor Services’ Community Room from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on the following 2019 dates:

  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 12
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13

To register, contact Bill Auxter at 419.559.2210 or bauxter@terra.edu. Click here for more general information.

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.

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.

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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High school post-grad program receives $10,000 AT&T contribution

Year Thirteen guides students in career pathways

AT&T Check Presentation

Pictured above, left to right: AT&T Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio Nicolette Jaworski, State Representative for the Ohio 88th District Bill Reineke, AT&T Director of Governmental Affairs Trint Hatt, Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher, SIEDC President & CEO David Zak, Heidelberg University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beth Schwartz, Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Barber, Terra State Community College Dean of Business, Humanities, and Industrial Technologies Cory Stine, Tiffin City Schools Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 6, 2018 – The AT&T Foundation presented a $10,000 contribution on Monday to the Year Thirteen, a program providing high school seniors with mentoring and resources to ensure high school success and help them attain post-secondary career goals. The contribution will help fund a part-time director position for the program, which will launch this fall with the Tiffin Columbian High School graduating class of 2019.

Education and student success are a cornerstone of AT&T’s community initiatives. Since 2012, AT&T employees have provided more than 1.6 million hours of mentoring to students, and its AT&T Aspire initiative has committed more than $400 million since 2008 to promote student success in school and beyond. “We are very proud to support this new program for students in Tiffin,” said Nicolette Jaworski, AT&T’s Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio. “It aligns perfectly with our desire to see more students be successful.”

The program was modeled after the successful Presidential Pathways initiative started at Marion City Schools under the current superintendent of Tiffin City Schools, Gary Barber. “Much like the Presidential Pathways program, the Year Thirteen will allow us to build and leverage relationships within the community, keep our talent local, and focus on workforce development by putting in place a dynamic system aligned with our community’s needs,” he said. “It will also be a measuring stick for our school system.”

The program focuses on eight key areas designed to promote student success leading up to and following graduation. These areas are: high school success, relationship building, career exploration, career success, job skills, work skills, and community engagement. All students in their senior year at Tiffin Columbian High School will be connected with a counselor that will check in with them periodically throughout the school year and the year following their graduation to promote the student’s success in university, vocational school, or entering the workforce.

Several organizations have partnered to participate in the program including: Tiffin City Schools, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, Terra State Community College, Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services, Family, Adult & Children First Council, and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC).

SIEDC facilitated the grant process, citing a workforce gap as a key county-wide concern. “Unemployment is consistently low, and the biggest pipeline of talent is our educational system – K12 and higher education,” SIEDC President and CEO David Zak said. “Improving college completion and preparing high school students for successful careers is, therefore, a top priority, as the workforce needs are at all skill and education levels.”

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.