LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio campus continues to make an impact in the Lima community.
Several new and exciting programs are in the works, and new connections with the community are being forged.
“First and foremost, our connection with the community is growing each year,” said Dr. Dean Hobler, the provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Our biggest thing has been the Rotary Field of Dreams. The Allen County Abilities Baseball League and Rachel Staley approached us in 2015 about providing a space for that area. We had the grand opening last year in October. The first season starts in April,”
Some high-tech programs continue to be popular on the UNOH campus.
“We’re working on our third year of robotics and automation. We have about 120 students in that program currently,” Hobler said. “It’s been a great connection to industry and robotics, automation, places like KMI, Honda, GM. We’re doing a lot of internships with them. This is our first move towards industrial programs, so I’m sure in the future we’ll start looking at some expansions there.”
While the motorsports curriculum remains popular, not everybody wants a career as an automotive technician after graduation.
“We’re kicking off this spring with a re-work of our associate in business for automotive management to provide a second pathway for students who want to be in the automotive industry but do not necessarily do not want to be the person working in the shop,” he said. “It gives us a venue for students to move through the dealership and into middle management, service management without going through the pathway of being the on floor technician.”
For adults who need some flexibility with their classes, UNOH is trying some different things.
“We have redesigned our what we previously called our one night a week program,” he said. “We redesigned that into a flexible learning program. With the type of learner that we have currently, there needs to be a pathway for the working adult to be able to both attend class and have face-to-face learning but also be able to complete components of their class online. We have high hopes for that. It approaches a different market rather than the accelerated programs that were popular a few years ago.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.