Kern Center for Business and Industry Training
Terra State Community College supports business and industry by providing quality training programs and certifications for our region's workforce. The Kern Center provides the following workforce development programs:
Customized Workforce Training
Industrial & IT Certifications
Professional & Industrial Workforce Courses
Terra State Community College has been providing apprentice and industrial training to area companies for over thirty-five years. There are several types of apprentice and training programs available at Terra State Community College. Apprenticeship programs combine on the job training and educational related curriculum to meet a company's specific workforce needs. Apprenticeships involve a well-planned and controlled program that is monitored by the company and the appropriate certification and registration agencies. To become a journey person a student must be sponsored and complete the apprenticeship program as outlined by the company. Many companies also offer employees internal skilled trades and maintenance training programs. Apprentice and training programs can both lead to certificates and Associate Degrees at Terra State Community College.
If an individual is interested in obtaining a specific skill set, Terra State Community College offers individual courses and certificate programs. Terra State Community College's certificate programs are designed to provide technical competencies that will help prepare a student to enter an apprentice program. College Access Programs (Tech Prep) and Career Center vocational training programs are designed to link students in secondary schools with careers in the trades. Individuals with this type of educational background, along with adult vocational training, military training, or individuals with related work experience, may be eligible for prior learning credit.
Prospective students interested in apprenticeship programs or upgrading their technical skills should contact Amy Below, Coordinator of Apprentice and Industrial Training, at 419.559.2324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Company Apprenticeship Programs
Terra State Community College coordinates training programs for both state registered apprentice and internal training programs. Since each apprenticeship or training program is uniquely designed for the company, interested companies should contact the college for new program development. Site visitation, assessment, training development and scheduling assistance is available through the Apprenticeship Office. Credit and/or non-credit coursework can be tailored to meet the ever changing needs of our area workforce. The college can also assist in coordinating the apprenticeship certification process with the State of Ohio Bureau of Apprentice and Training, and the United States Department of Labor.
For more information on apprenticeship training, please contact Amy Below, Coordinator of Apprentice and Industrial Training, at 419.559.2324.
Standard Apprentice Programs
- HVAC Technician
- Industrial Maintenance
- Machine Repair
- Maintenance Mechanic
- Tool Maker
Customized Workforce Training
Terra State Community College is the supplier of choice for customized workforce training. Our commitment is to provide customer-driven, convenient, affordable, and effective training. Our instructors are able to take courses and modify them to meet your specific company needs at a location and schedule of your choice.
Customized Training Areas:
- Industrial Maintenance
- Professional Development/Leadership/Management
If your organization is interested in Customized Training, contact Beth Hannam at 419.559.2237 or email email@example.com.
Industrial and IT Certifications
North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Testing
The Kern Center for Business and Industry Training offers NATE testing for companies, contractors, educators, and individuals. NATE candidates may earn Installation and/or Service certification in one or more specialty areas, including:
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Heat Pumps
- Gas Furnaces
- Oil Furnaces
- Hydronics Gas
- Hydronics Oil
- Light Commercial Refrigeration
- Commercial Refrigeration
- Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installer
- Senior HVAC Efficiency Analyst
For more information regarding NATE testing at the Kern Center, please call 419-559-2464.
Terra State is approved as a proctor for the EPA Exam. EPA Section 608 of the US Federal Clean Air Act requires all persons who work with or handle regulated refrigerants to be certified. This national test is also recognized by the industry with the aptitude and skill level of the workers in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Industry. There are four different levels of examination: Core, Type I, Type II, and Type III. The exam is provided by the Esco Institute Corporation which is affiliated with the HVAC Excellence Program. For more information, please call 419.559.2464.
Welding Qualification and Certification Testing
Terra State Community College is approved by the State of Ohio Division of Pressure Piping to provide procedure and welder qualification testing. All of the major codes are supported including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Welding Society (AWS), and the American Petroleum Institute (API). Welding qualification and certification testing is for companies, contractors, individuals, and/or welding students in accordance with the codes or the standard listed below:
- ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX, for fired and non-fired pressure vessels, and welding at nuclear power plants.
- AWS D1.1, Structural Welding Code for Steel - building construction, tubular structures and miscellaneous steel fabrication for fabrication shops, manufacturing plants, small business owners, individuals, and/or welding students. As well as certifications under the AWS D1.3, Structural Welding Code - Sheet Steel; the AWS D1.5, Bridge Welding Code for ODOT; and, the D1.2, Structural Welding Code - Aluminum.
- API Standard 1104, for Welding of Pipelines & Related Facilities.
For more information, please call 419.559.2464.
Brazing Qualification and Certification Testing
The Kern Center for Business and Industry Training at Terra State Community College also offers brazing qualification and certification testing for HVAC contractors and contractors' employees in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IX. For more information, please call 419.559.2464.
CPCT (Certified Premises Cabling Technician)
Terra State Community College is a certified Fiber Optic Training Facility. For this certification, you learn about copper and fiber cabling. You also learn about wireless networks and how to put them together. Labs include building copper cable, punching down copper cable into 66 and 110 punchdown blocks, wireless setup, and designing a network. This course is a hybrid course - half online with the labs and exam taken on campus. For more information, please call 419.559.2117.
CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician)
Terra State Community College is a certified Fiber Optic Training Facility. For this certification, you learn specifically about fiber optic cabling. Labs include terminating and splicing fiber optic cabling. You will also learn how to use an OTDR to test fiber optic cabling. This course is a hybrid course - half online with the labs and exam taken on campus. For more information, please call 419.559.2117.
CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate)
Routing and Switching certification. Terra State Community College is a Cisco Networking Academy. Routing and Switching Modules 1 through 4 can be completed to help you prepare for the CCNA certification. On campus labs are available with current equipment. For more information, please call 419.559.2117.
Microcomputers - A+ Certification
This course focuses on desktop computing including the installation, configuration and trouble-shooting of hardware, software, operating systems and applications. An introduction to network topologies, protocols and modeling is also included. Students will participate in hands-on projects in these areas. Completion of this course is a BIG step in preparing for CompTIA A+ certification (Essentials & Technician). For more information, please call 419.559.2117.
Professional & Industrial Workforce Courses
The Kern Center for Business and Industry Training offers a number of non-credit professional and industrial courses for adult learners who want to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge base. These classes are taught by experienced instructors and are suitable for learners who need to upgrade the skills required for their present position and for job seekers or career changers who need to obtain
more marketable skills.
Classes are offered at a variety of times including days, evenings, and weekends at Terra State Community College. The Kern Center also offers approved seminars and classes that fulfill continuing education requirements for various professionals. Courses include:
- Pharmacy Technician Training
- STNA Training (State Tested Nurse Aide)
- Project Management
- Lean Six Sigma
- Supervisory Training
- Forklift Train-the-Trainer
- Electrician and Maintenance Troubleshooting
- Microsoft Office ADesktop Training
- Adobe Application Training
The latest course schedule can be viewed or downloaded on the Kern Center website: http://www.terra.edu/ContinuingEducation.html
Non-credit Education Opportunities for All Ages
The Lifelong Learning program is part of the non-credit education department of the College, offering affordable opportunities for community members of all ages to nurture one's career goals, personal health initiatives, or continue their vast interests in expanding their scholarship of life, the world, and beyond. Through practical self-enrichment and career development experiences, Lifelong Learning offers numerous opportunities for one to become engaged in volunteerism, participate in various educational events and campus programs, explore art and music activities, and enjoy children's programing for kids, tweens, and teens, and more.
Lifelong Learning at Terra State Community College includes the following areas:
- Community Education
- Life Scholars
- Music & Fine Arts Academy
- and much more!
To inquiry about a program in Lifelong Learning, call 419.559.2255 or visit http://www.terra.edu/Lifelonglearning.html.
The Lifelong Learning program offers a number of non-credit classes several times a year for adult learners who want to improve their skills and enhance their knowledge base. These classes are taught by experienced instructors and are suitable for learners who need to upgrade the skills required in their present position and for job seekers or career changers who need to obtain more marketable skills.
Many classes meet in the evenings or on the weekends. The Lifelong Learning department also offers approved seminars and classes that fulfill continuing education requirements for various professionals.
The latest course schedule can be viewed or downloaded at http://www.terra.edu/Lifelonglearning.html.
KidsCollege, founded in the summer of 1993, brings academic enrichment to first through eighth graders. The curriculum varies from year to year. Past offerings included computers, sign language, art, archeology, science, math, the Internet, photography and creative writing.
Students register for the classes of their choice and pay a fee for each class. Terra State offers discounts for families with multiple students and for students who want to take multiple classes.
KidsCollege sessions are announced through area newspapers and grade schools. Class sizes are limited. KidsCollege schedules are available in April. Interested individuals may contact Lifelong Learning at 419.559.2255 or visit http://www.terra.edu/Lifelonglearning.html.
The Life Scholars program is for adults, age 50 and beyond, who share a common desire to learn. Life Scholars is a membership organization for active adults, regardless of their educational background. There are no tests or grades-it is learning for the joy of learning. In addition to classes, the Life Scholars program also presents educational trips and travel destinations that enhance one's knowledge or history or geography. Life Scholars is a peer-led group serving mature learners by broadening intellectual interests, physical activity, and social interaction; creating a climate that fosters interest and stimulates the thrill of lifelong learning. To become a member or enroll in a Life Scholar course, call Lifelong Learning at 419.559.2255 or visit http://www.terra.edu/Lifelonglearning.html.
Music & Fine Arts Academy
The Music & Fine Arts Academy offers noncredit music for students, first grade through adulthood. These lessons are offered year round and are taught by qualified music instructors and music faculty members of the college. The academy also includes summer programs and a performing ensemble for children called DYNAMIC. For more information contact the Lifelong Learning at 419.559.2255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Development Center
SBDC Network of Ohio
The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network of Ohio is the premier technical assistance program for Ohio's small businesses. The network is provided through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Ohio Development Services Agency, and selected Ohio chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, and economic development agencies. It links resources of the Federal, State, and local governments with the resources of the educational system and the private sector to meet the specialized, complex, and changing needs of the small business community.
The Ohio SBDC provides entrepreneurial services for small businesses in Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca Counties. These services are free of charge and include:
- Small Business Training and Counseling
- Business Planning
Its mission is to help people get into business, stay in business, and grow. Anyone who is thinking of starting, buying, or expanding a business is encouraged to contact Bill Auxter, SBDC Coordinator, at 419.559.2210 or email email@example.com.
The SBDC is located in the Division of Business, Communication, and the Arts in Building D, Room 201.
Motorcycle Ohio Safety Courses
Motorcycle Ohio has awarded Terra State Community College an ongoing grant to be a permanent site for motorcycle safety classes. Both the Basic Rider Course and the Experienced Rider Course will be offered on weekends beginning in April and running through October. For more information call 419.559.2110.
Ed2Go and UGotClass
The Kern Center and Lifelong Learning offer over 300 non-credit online courses in 30 different categories. They range from Web Graphics to Grant Writing, from Speed Spanish to Real Estate Investing, from Digital Photography to Writer's Workshops. Classes are 6 weeks in length and start every month. A course listing is available at www.ed2go.com/kern.
Additional on-line classes in Social Media, eMarketing, Green Buildings, and Online Teaching are available through the Kern Center's UGotClass courses. Visit http://www.terra.edu/ContinuingEducation/E-Learning.html or more information.