LIMA — Rhodes State College is poised for the future.
The school is continuing ahead with plans to expand its Allied Health programs in Lima’s Town Square.
“We are moving forward with obviously downtown, so we are expecting that hopefully the last phase of the demolition will be taking place. We are moving forward with the planning part, and we’ll be putting the process in place for architects and other aspects of what has to happen at the state level, so we’ll be moving forward with that initial planning now beginning to happen,” Debra McCurdy, President, Rhodes State College.
At some point, when the new building is occupied, college officials will look at what to do with the empty space left on the main campus.
“Some of the space will be retrofitted. That will all be a part of what we’re going to be talking about in terms of the retrofitted space, some of the programs will finally have more adequate space to grow,” McCurdy said.
That won’t mean leaving its location near alongside the Ohio State-Lima campus on Lima’s east side, though.
“No, that was never the plan. The plan was always that we would put a function, some aspect of the college, downtown, but we would certainly maintain what’s here,” McCurdy said. “We have a great deal of investment here. There’s a lot of partnerships with OSU-Lima. There’s a lot of opportunities for the students moving back and forth between the college and the university.”
Programs on the Rhodes State campus continue to evolve as the needs of the business and manufacturing world change.
“Within the last year, we started some programs like the food science technology program, which is kind of part manufacturing,” said Chris Boyett, vice president for academic affairs. “It’s really how food is made, so it’s more of a food manufacturing related degree, and we’re developing right now, in addition to the certificate, we’re developing an associate degree in that program.”
He added, “We also have been developing things like robotic welding, so we have a robotics certificate that has been approved and also a tool and die program. We’re offering each of those pieces really to help students who want to come in, get a skill and get out and get a job.”
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