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2016-2017 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2016-2017 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Profile of the College

Vision Statement

Dynamic transformation through innovation, collaboration, and leadership.

Mission Statement

To be the catalyst for prosperity by providing quality learning experiences for life and work in our global community.

Strategic Goals

  • Raise the region's educational attainment in higher education.
  • Serve as a catalyst for success in college.
  • Enhance community outreach and engagement.
  • Provide dynamic training and learning opportunities for life and work in a global economy.
  • Expand the College's resource base.

History of the College

Terra State Community College's roots go back to September 1968, when the Vanguard Technical Institute opened to 78 full-time engineering and business students. The institute was a night school, using the facilities of Vanguard Vocational Center.

Today, Terra State Community College sits on a 140-acre site, offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs and is a source of information and support to the entire community.

In between, the college has undergone name and location changes and a steadily changing campus. Here are some important dates in Terra State's history:

  • 1969-The Ohio Board of Regents declared Vanguard Technical Institute to be a state institution of higher learning authorized to grant the Associate Degree in Applied Business and the Associate Degree in Applied Science.
  • 1970-Three new buildings were constructed on Cedar Street next to Vanguard Vocational Center.
  • 1971-Both day and evening classes were offered for the first time.
  • 1973-The college Board of Trustees officially changed the name to Terra Technical College.
  • 1979-Work began on a new campus for Terra on Napoleon Road, and Roy Klay Hall, the first building, was named in honor of Terra's founding president.
  • 1980-The Industrial Technology Building was completed and housed classrooms and labs for air conditioning and refrigeration, power technologies, welding and music.
  • 1984-The General Technologies Building (GTB) was added to the campus. The GTB is home to the Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development, a full-service dining room, the CollegeStore, the Academic Service Center and several other classrooms and computer labs. The Learning Resource Center and Computer Center also occupy GTB.
  • 1992-The Student Activities Building (SAC) was constructed. The SAC has become a favorite gathering place for students, and includes fitness equipment, a walking track, basketball and volleyball courts and facilities for seminars and special programs.
  • 1994-Terra Technical College became Terra State Community College in the summer of 1994. The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science were added to the Associate of Applied Science degrees granted by Terra State.
  • 1996-The 58,000-square-foot Engineering Building opened during winter term. Labs for chemistry, physics, plastics, robotics, electricity, and computer-aided design are located here.
  • 1997-The Early Learning Center was completed in this year. The Center provides a learning laboratory for the Early Childhood Education Program and child care facility for area families and for the children of Terra State students.
  • 2010-The Skilled Trades Center opened and houses labs for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, welding, and power technologies/automotive.
  • 2011-The Marsha S. Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center opened and houses labs for music, arts, nursing, and allied health programs.
  • 2013-The Conference and Hospitality Center opened with the renovation and addition of space to the former Early Learning Center, and serves as an event planning lab for students in the hospitality management program.
  • 2014-General Technologies Building began renovation to include a renovated dining services facility known as the Tree Tops Café and a new lab for the Culinary Arts program.

Terra College Foundation

Vision Statement

Building a thriving culture of philanthropy that supports student learning and sustains the position of the College as a leader and innovator.

Mission Statement

To enhance continuous learning experiences, create facilities, and expand opportunities at Terra State Community College by cultivating partnerships and maximizing resources with fiscal integrity.

The Terra College Foundation was incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporation in 1989. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the students and the educational programs of Terra State Community College through the following fundraising programs:

Annual Giving: Yearly gifts that support ongoing programs and operations.

Major/Capital Giving: Gifts for specific capital needs, projects and endowments.

Planned Giving: Gifts that include the integration of personal, financial, and estate planning concepts (bequests, annuities, trusts, insurance, etc.).

Special Events: Fundraising events that support student scholarships and other programs.

Grant Development: Proposal development to support focused projects.

Stewardship: Recognition of donor philanthropy and thoughtfulness.

The donor's special philanthropic interest is central to fund development. Gifts are given for many purposes, including the following:

  • Memorials
  • Instructional Program Projects
  • Scholarships
  • Endowment Building
  • Bequests and other Planned Gifts
  • Naming Opportunities (recognition)
  • Legacy Society (recognition)

Assistance is available through the Foundation office. Contact the Foundation office at 419.559.2261 or

Accreditations and Memberships

Terra State Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The North Central Association can be reached at 312.263.0456, by writing to: North Central Association, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602 or on the web at

The college programs are also approved by:

The Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States, Department of Justice

The Ohio Department of Higher Education
The United States Office of Education
The State of Ohio Department of Education (Division of Technical and Vocational Education)
The Ohio Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States, Department of Justice

Membership is held in the following professional and service associations:

ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

American Association of Community Colleges

American Health Information Management Association

American Library Association

AMT - American Medical Technologists

ASCAP - American Society of Composers, Arrangers Publishers

ASCP - American Society of Clinical Pathology

Association of Community College Trustees

Association of Fundraising Professionals

BMI - Broadcast Music, Inc.

CAAHEP - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

CAPTE - Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

CAHIIM - Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Managements Education

Chambers of Commerce:

Bellevue (Ohio)
Erie County (Ohio)
Fostoria (Ohio)
Oak Harbor (Ohio)
Norwalk Area (Ohio)
Port Clinton (Ohio)
Sandusky County (Ohio)
Tiffin (Ohio)

Council for North Central Two-Year Colleges

Council for Resource Development

Educational and Institutional Cooperative Service, Inc.

Educators in College Helping Hispanics Onward

Enterprise Ohio Network

Inter-University Council-Purchasing Group of Ohio

Innovative Users Group

League for Innovation in the Community College

National Association of College and University Business Officers

National Association of Educational Buyers

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

National Association of Veteran Programs Administrators

National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers

National Council on Student Development

National League of Nursing

North Coast Regional Advisory Committee of the One Stop Job and Family Services

Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers

Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors

Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

Ohio Association of Community Colleges

Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges

Ohio Board of Nursing

Ohio College Association

Ohio Cooperative Education Association

Ohio Council on Student Development

Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK)

Ohio Library Council

Ohio Transfer Council


OPOTA - Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

Phi Theta Kappa

Sandusky County Human Resource Management Association

Sandusky County Safety Council

Society for Human Resource Management

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing

The Employer's Association

Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

Assessment of Student Learning

Terra State Community College is committed to providing a quality teaching and learning environment for students, one that prepares them for future careers, continuing education, lifelong learning, and productive membership in the communities in which they live.

This commitment to excellent teaching and effective learning is reflected in the College's assessment of student learning, which is supported by the faculty, administration, and staff.

As part of the continuous quality improvement process at the College, faculty assess student learning related to general education and program-specific learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes represent the program-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies each graduate should possess.

General education learning outcomes reflect "the knowledge, perspective, and skills which are a part of the educational experience of all students." The faculty at Terra State believes that general education courses should prepare graduates to

  1. Communicate effectively.
  2. Evaluate arguments in a logical fashion.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences and the knowledge of how to work effectively in a global and diverse culture and society.
  4. Employ the methods of inquiry characteristic of natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and the arts and humanities.
  5. Engage in our democratic society.

Assessment results reflect what is being taught and learned in the classroom, and are used to identify needed improvements in the academic programs. The assessment process is an important part of the college's efforts to prepare graduates to enter the workplace or to continue their education.