LIMA — Rhodes State College and Ohio State University-Lima held open houses on President’s Day in the hopes to catch the attention of potential future students on their days off.
Local colleges hold these events on president’s day for two reasons: high school students are typically making plans for next year and it tends to be a convenient time for both students and parents.
This year, 180 students — mostly juniors and seniors — and their associated guests toured the Rhodes State College campus. Juniors are generally trying to feel the lay of the land of each program to understand what each course of study entails. Seniors, however, are ready to sign on the dotted line. A total of 34 students signed up for orientation this year during the “Experience Rhodes” open house event, Assistant Director of Admissions Chad Teman said.
At Rhodes State, students had access to information about majors, programs, activities and student support as they toured the Rhodes campus and learned about admissions, financial aid and student activities from campus staff. Typically, Rhodes has a large number of students interested in its registered nursing program, but this year, each program was well-represented, Teman said.
Ohio State Lima hosted a similar event just across the way at its student services center. Centered around a beach-theme called “Buckeyes at the Beach,” admissions, financial aid and other student services representatives were on hand to answer any potential questions for future Buckeyes.
As for the beach theme, Director of Enrollment Services Kristina Healy said the branch has been using the same theme for years as a way to help students forget the wet weather typical of the season.
Students arrived at the region’s open houses from all over northwest Ohio, but the average attendee usually came from the 10-county region surrounding Allen County.
Ohio State Lima will be holding a similar open house event, Scarlet and Grey Discovery Day, on Friday, March 3. Attendees can register for that event by calling 419-995-8391.
Ohio State Lima also hosted a K-12 mild/moderate special education licensure program open house in the same space Monday to provide answers to any questions about its special education certification program. Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university who hold an initial teaching certification or license are eligible to apply for the program.
The additional license better equips teachers to deal with special education students. The Ohio State Lima program is only in its second year, and the school is currently recruiting students for its second cohort.
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