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The Lima Rotary Club got an update on the ongoing downtown project for Rhodes State College. Rhodes President Dr. Cynthia Spiers spoke to the club to show some of the features planned at the Center for Health Science Education and Innovation. Spiers went on to say they plan on breaking ground for the project in either late January or early February next year. Part of the delay in getting the ball rolling for this project involved Rhodes making sure they secured the space needed.

Rhodes State College is under new leadership with a new president who will hit the ground running. Cynthia E. Spiers has accepted the position after being interim president since April of this year. She says the state is pushing community colleges to meet the needs of the ever-changing front of business and industry. The college needs to take a new course to be productive when it comes to getting students into the workforce.

Ohio State Lima and Rhodes State teamed up to help students get a head start when it comes to networking over the holidays. Students from both schools attended the Let's Talk Turkey event Monday(11/18/19) afternoon, learning different tips and tricks to talking about careers and building up connections as they spend time with friends and family over the winter break. Time spent out of the classroom and with people that are in the working world is a great chance for these students to get a good first step towards starting their career once they graduate.

Some Rhodes State College students are being honored for their hard work on the job and in the classroom. In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, GROB Systems in Bluffton presented journeyperson certificates to 4th-year Rhodes students who are part of their apprenticeship program. Students receive on the job learning and training at GROB, and the company pays for their tuition at Rhodes. After they get their associate's degree, students will then dive into a more specialized program to complete their apprenticeship.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board hoped to show people a different side of addiction with a training session at Rhodes State College. Speaker Dr. Nicole Labor spoke to professionals and community members about the biological aspect of addiction - how a person's brain and behavior are affected by addiction, and why many people relapse after making an attempt to stop using drugs.

Rhodes State College held their fourth annual Superintendents' Summit for local high school superintendents to discuss the new changes to the College Credit Plus program. The program is designed to allow students to earn college credit before enrolling in college. Superintendents were able to share their ideas with Rhodes State College on how to improve their partnership.

Ohio Means Jobs in Allen and Hancock County teaming up to help a future workforce get trained. The two agencies presented a GROB Systems in Bluffton with a $25,000 grant to pay for training and education to students in their electrical or mechanical apprenticeship programs. The program has been going on at GROB for 30 years, and besides the hands-on training at the facility, the company will pay for their associate's degree at Rhodes State College.

Lima City Council voted to approve of clearing a portion of an alley between South Main Street and South Union Street for the Rhodes State College downtown building project. Utility lines that run through the area will have to be moved before construction can begin on the $20 million “Center for Health Science Education and Innovation.” They also approved a 50% tax abatement for the Spring Street Senior lofts for 15 years. The apartment complex is an 88 unit facility for low to moderate-income seniors at the former YWCA location. They are expected to begin building starting in December and be completed by February 2021.

Rhodes State College is one step closer to breaking ground on its new building in Lima, but there will be more delays. The college board of trustees has been busy completing a few things for its Center for Health Science Education and Innovation building. Some of that includes submitting documents for financing, meeting city requirements, and requesting state and building permits. Groundbreaking for the new multi-million dollar project was expected by the end of the year or January, but getting all the documents and permits in place has delayed the process. 

Local business, academia, and community leaders came together on Tuesday to see if they're ready for the future workforce. The small business development centers at Rhodes State College hosting a seminar highlighting how to engage the workforce of the future. Chief human resource officer at Randstad North America, Inc. says corporate America needs to prepare for the younger workforce. They need to understand what drives them and capture that learning to benefit from it. Corporations used to think of capital as money and property but now need to think about "human capital".