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                                                                                                                                                                         recently introduced Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture. “Students are excited to have an option like this close to home,” said Brad Lentz, Edison State Agriculture Program Director. “Many students work at home on their family farms, and this gives them the ability to continue to help while furthering their education.”
To further enhance student accessibility, two additional campuses in Troy and Eaton have been added to the list of regional locations within the last year. The new campus locations present the opportunity for credit
and non-credit programs, including College Credit Plus coursework, degree and certificate courses, transfer pathways to both in- and out-of-
state four-year institutions, expanded articulation agreements, and support to regional businesses with response workforce training and apprenticeship opportunities.
Edison State recently secured State approval as a Registered Apprentice Sponsor. The distinct honor allows Edison State to leverage funds
through the State of Ohio and build upon the vast amount of partnership opportunities with regional industry. Edison’s long-standing relationship with a variety of companies supporting apprenticeship programs includes Emerson Climate Technologies Inc., G-W Tool & Die Co., Schwan’s Mama Rosa’s LCC, Peerless Food Equipment (ITW), Plygem, Reliable Castings, and Voisard Tool Service LCC in Shelby County.
Under these partnerships, students attend academic courses for certificates and degrees while working with their employer for the on-the-job training portion. Registered Apprentices not only receive college credit towards
a certificate or degree, but they also receive National Credential from the Department of Labor.
“We know that employers are seeking a skilled workforce and apprenticeship is a proven model that produces skills needed along with a nationally recognized credentialed employee,” said Brandi Olberding, Director of Apprenticeship and Work-
Based Learning.
While the initial focus has been on
manufacturing to meet the in-demand need, additional apprenticeship programs are being developed in other career fields, including information technology, healthcare, and business services.
Also supporting a skilled workforce is Edison State’s Center for Workforce Development and Education. The Center provides training that can enhance management skills and employers who encourage training often see increased productivity, higher employee retention, and greater profitability. Advanced Composites
in Shelby County has worked with Edison State to provide leadership training for supervisors, team leaders, and management. Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. utilizes the Center for training various skills, including technical training as well as soft skills to enhance their employees’ ability to
be capable, productive, and engaged. As Edison State works to build partnerships and improve campus
locations to support student success, student satisfaction continues to remain a priority. Dr. Larson notes that very few students withdraw from Edison State courses due to the dedication of the faculty. Student satisfaction at Edison State is evident due to the continuous increase in enrollment. In the fall of 2018, the college witnessed another upward trend in enrollment, experiencing
a 12-percent increase in overall headcount and a 15-percent increase in credit hours.
“It may be the affordability of Edison State that brings students here, but it is the quality of service and strength of student support that sustains our student enrollment, and it is the positive word of mouth that serves as our most powerful marketing tool,” said Dr. Larson. 35
Thom and Patricia Robinson of the Robinson Fund donate $2.5 million to support a 5,200 square-foot student career center and campus entry at Edison State Community College’s Piqua Campus.

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