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Erika Beckman

Class of 1997
Associate of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering/CAD/CAM 

Erika Beckman

When EHOVE Career Center named Erika Beckman its new principal earlier this year, it allowed the Republic native to come full circle. She is a product of career-technical education.

Erika attended Sentinel Career Center where she was a student in the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program.

“Personally it was the best decision I made because I was able to go to college with a skill set and was ahead in my college classes,” she said.
 

Attending Terra State was a good choice for her.

“Terra State prepared me for my career best by providing real-world and hands-on experience,” Erika said. “Since engineering was my focus, I was able to learn machining, coding and actually making parts rather than a theory course.”

Her college experiences served her well after graduation.

“I was fortunate to have an entry level engineering position offered to me a month before I graduated,” she said. “While working in business and industry for seven years, Terra State offered me a part-time teaching position and this is where I fell in love with the teaching profession.”

Erika taught CAD at Vanguard Tech Center and at Terra State, and from 2010 to 2015, she was an assistant director at EHOVE. Her new role as principal is a natural fit.

She and her husband, Josh, have two daughters, Andra and Erin. They manage a hog facility on their farm and she handles the accounting.
 

Angela Chlosta

Class of 1990
Associate of Applied Business in Business, Banking and Finance 

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After graduating from Terra State in 1990 with a Business, Banking and Finance Degree, it didn’t take long for Angie Chlosta to find employment.

Starting the Monday after graduation, she was hired by Fremont Federal Credit Union as a teller and today is the Vice President of Human Resources and Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors at FFCU.

Progressing through various positions before arriving at her current role, Angie enjoyed the challenges of each job within the banking industry. She continued her education while employed, receiving a Human Resources Management Certification from the University of Toledo in 1999.

“Terra State has been the foundation that initiated my career at FFCU,” she said.” My degree in banking and finance provided me with the knowledge and understanding of the crucial aspects and components of working in the financial industry.”

Angie is active in many civic and community organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Sandusky County Human Resources Management Association, Leadership Sandusky County, Soroptimist International and American Cancer Society, and she serves as the PTO treasurer for Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools.

A life-long resident of Fremont, Angie and her husband Craig have two children. Alex, who took courses at Terra State while in high school, is now a junior at Ohio University majoring in Civil Engineering, and Abby, a sophomore at St. Joseph Central Catholic School, who plans to study at Terra State during her junior year.

Terra State continues to be an important resource.

“My educational experience at Terra State while obtaining my degree 25 years ago, in addition to the continued educational relationship for on-going training throughout my career, has been invaluable.”
 

Joseph Wasserman

Class of 1987
Associate of Applied Business in Graphics 

Joseph WassermanFremont native Joseph “Joe” Wasserman has supported his community throughout his life.

A graduate of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School and ‘87 graduate of Terra Technical College, he earned a degree in graphics before completing a bachelor’s degree at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus.

On February 17 of this year, Joe celebrated 10 years of ownership of Bella Cosa Floral Studio. Bella Cosa is a full-service florist, selling silk and real flowers. In Italian, Bella Cosa means "beautiful thing." The flower shop also has decor items, such as vases, candles and arrangements.

Joe previously worked for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, teaching religion and art at the high school level, representing the diocese as a delegate to the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, serving as parish minister at St. Ann Catholic Community, and sharing his musical talents as choir director. He worked on the committee that established the first fundraising auction at the now Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools, and assisted with fundraising campaigns that brought in more than $2 million for facility renovations.

Wasserman has been a trustee of the Terra College Foundation since 2002, and is completing a decade of service as the Foundation’s chairperson. During his tenure, the Terra College Foundation has assisted hundreds of students with the costs of college, and has provided millions of dollars for facilities and program equipment.

“Education is important in every community, and the work of the Foundation allows education to be attainable by anyone,” he said. “If a person has a desire to learn, that opportunity needs to be available.”

Joe enjoys fine dining, travel and boating on Lake Erie during calm weather.