PIQUA — Edison State Community College was chartered to meet the demand for high-quality, affordable college education, focused on serving the residents of the greater Miami Valley. As has often been the case, this region was visionary in its timing, as Edison State was chartered in 1973 as the first state general and technical college in Ohio.
Within six years of its establishment, the College enrolled a total of 2,300 credit and non-credit students and the addition of several programs increased the areas of technical study to 19.
In keeping with the commitment to provide quality education opportunities to the communities it serves, the College opened a second campus in Greenville in the spring of 1980, which mirrors the technology and student services found at the Piqua Campus.
The most recent addition to the Piqua campus was the Emerson Regional Center of Excellence, more commonly known as “the point.” The Center is LEED certified and now hosts classes, functions, and an area dedicated to the College’s namesake, Thomas Alva Edison.
Now in its fifth decade of providing high-quality, affordable education, Edison State serves more than 4,000 unduplicated students per year. Students may choose from more than 30 associate degrees and one-year certificates, a broad range of baccalaureate transfer programs, developmental course work, and continuing education offerings designed to result in university transfer, career advancement, personal enrichment, and workforce development.
Upon graduation, students are prepared to enter career fields in the areas of Business, Computer Information Technology, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Industrial Management and Technology, and Social and Legal Services.
With so much to offer and ongoing processes that assure consistent quality, Edison State continues to have a sustained, significant impact in the region.
Edison State’s STEM initiatives have seen tremendous growth and continue to expand to meet the needs of the regional manufacturing industry. The College prides itself on creating innovative partnerships with some of the region’s leading employers to ensure students are equipped with the knowledge needed to succeed in today’s workforce.
Most recently, Edison State has developed robust relationships with local employers to provide students with training and education necessary to enter the regional workforce. Partner companies include Emerson Climate Technologies, FRAM Air Filters, Abbott Nutrition, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., and Midmark Corporation to name a few.
The newest partnership called “EPIC,” announced in 2015 with Honda North America, Inc., provides educational and training opportunities to prepare the next generation workforce for high-tech positions in the manufacturing industry. It offers scholarships as well as a work-study program.
Edison State Community College is committed today and in the future to being a valuable and responsive resource to students and the broader communities served.