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History of Terra State Community 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 103-acre site, offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs and is a source of information and support to the entire community.

History at Terra State Community College

Over the years, Terra State has undergone name and location changes, as well as a steadily transforming 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. Today, the Terra College Foundation is located here, along with classrooms and Student Records, Financial Aid, Admissions and Student Services.  The reprographics department also occupies this building.
  • 1980 - The Industrial Technology Building, containing classrooms and labs for air conditioning and refrigeration, power technology, welding and music was completed.
  • 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 writing center, the math lab V-Tel classrooms and several other classrooms and computer labs. The library and the 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 quarter. The Engineering, Technologies & Mathematics Division is located here, as are labs for chemistry, physics, plastics, robotics and computer-aided design.
  • 1997 - Terra State's newest addition, the Early Learning Center, was completed. 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 was completed.  This state-of-the-art facility, which opened in October of 2010, houses the HVAC-R, automotive, and welding programs among others. The 23,225 sq. ft. building also houses five classrooms, faculty and staff offices as well as a student lounge.
  • 2011 - The Marsha S. Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center opened and houses labs for music, arts, nursing, and allied health programs.
  • 2013 - The Ronald L. Neeley Conference & 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.

The completion of the Engineering Building and the Early Learning Center finalized the colleges move to the Napoleon Road campus, which is recognized statewide for its exceptional facilities and innovative designs.

Contact us to learn more about Terra State Community College.

For more information about Terra State or the degree programs offered here, contact us by:

Phone: 419.559.2349
Toll free: 866.288.3772 ext. 2349
Email: Terra State Admissions