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    Jul 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Profile of the College

Vision Statement

To be the model for academic excellence, student-focused service and community engagement.

Mission Statement

To provide the highest quality education and training to our students, faculty, staff and community.

Core Values

Teamwork, Excellence, Respect, Responsibility, Accountability

Strategic Goals

  • Foster Robust Learning
  • Invigorate Student Engagement and Success

  • Optimize Community Collaboration

  • Be the Region’s Employer of Choice

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 50 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.
  • 2018-The Landings at Terra Village opened making Terra State only the second community college in Ohio to offer on-campus housing. The 200-bed residence hall provides four different room options that allow residents to enjoy a complete college experience.
  • 2019-The Doepker Leadership and Entrepreneurial Center opened as an asset to local leaders and entrepreneurs. The College continues to provide advanced leadership development to the region and offers personal enrichment courses for individuals of all ages.

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 Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission can be reached at 800.621.7440, by writing to: 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, or on the web at

The college programs are also approved by:

The Ohio Department of Higher Education
The United States Department of Education
Office of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education
The Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States, Department of Justice

Memberships are held in the following professional and service associations:

American Advertising Federation of Toledo (AAF Toledo)

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AHAAM)

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)

Americal College Personnel Association (ACPA)

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)

American Medical Technologists (AMT)

American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

Chambers of Commerce:

  • Erie County (Ohio)
  • Port Clinton (Ohio)
  • Sandusky County (Ohio)
  • Tiffin (Ohio)

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Council on Accreditation for Two-year Colleges (CATYC)

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

National Asociation for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, Fremont unit)

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)

Ohio Alliance for Dual-Enrollment Partnerships (OADEP)

Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC)

Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (OACRAO)

Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC)

Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA)

Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC)

Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK)

Ohio Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (OhioMATYC)

Ohio TechNet (OTN)

Phi Theta Kappa

Public Relations Society of America

Rural Community College Association (RCCA)

Sandusky County Family and Children First Council

Sandusky County Human Resource Management Association (SCHRM)

Seneca County Industrial Management Council

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC)

Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA)

Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA)

Community Relations Commission(CRC), City of Fremont, Ohio

Specific programs are accredited or overseen by the following agencies:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Managements Education (CAHIIM)

Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN)

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

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.
  6. Demonstrate literacy in electronic environments, which may include hardware, applications, and/or media.

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.