Community newsletter – From the Dean

There’s no more exciting time than now to be a part of The Ohio State University at Mansfield! We are creating eminence in our teaching, research, and service activities while solidifying our relationships with local government officials and business leaders to create bridges between campus and community.

We are making significant inroads in building our Engineering program offerings at Ohio State Mansfield, a critical need identified by our business community partners. I’m pleased to announce a $75,000 gift from the Hire Family Foundation to establish the Jack Hire Engineering Scholarship endowment. This scholarship will further our goal of supporting our engineering students on the Mansfield campus.

As well, Ohio State Mansfield and North Central State College recently were awarded a national technical assistance grant from the Ohio Board of Regents and Complete College America to help bolster science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. We are exploring the development of a collaborative associate’s to bachelor’s degree program in Engineering with this grant support.

While exposure to academic content inside the classroom is important, our students also are now being strongly encouraged to gain paid, hands-on, real-world experience through our new Business & Industry Internship Program. Nearly 150 students met with more than 50 businesses at an Internship “Meet and Greet” event this past December to learn more about this internship initiative. This semester, we have identified more than 30 local businesses that have or are actively looking for interns. In collaboration with NC State, Mansfield Campus students are now gaining valuable work experience, networking in their chosen field, and establishing roots in our communities like never before.

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