Terra State Awarded NSF-ATE Grant

Terra State Community College has been awarded $349,535 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.

The College will be using the funds to advance the Electricity program curriculum towards a competency-based hybrid model of asynchronous style learning. The funds will also be used for professional development training and conferences for faculty and staff.

Dean of Technology and Skilled Trades Division Dr. Andrew Shella said, “Terra State Community College is thankful to the National Science Foundation for awarding these funds that will allow our faculty and staff to provide more access to technical education for apprentices and company-supported students.”

“Too often, students don’t realize all the opportunities available to them in the manufacturing and electrical industries. This project will help contribute to the growth of these industries in Northwest Ohio and prepare Ohioans for good-paying jobs where they can build careers,” said United States Senator Sherrod Brown.

"The NSF-ATE grant allows the faculty to enhance the support of students taking Programmable Controllers Logic I, Programmable Controllers Logic II and Electrical Codes and Prints, with an improved flexible instructional delivery model to improve their schedules, learning opportunities and learning pace," said Assistant Professor of Electricity Michael Holewinski, "Rather than having fixed class hours and 16-week semesters, this model allows more flexibility to cater to the student/employee and employer schedule. Many of our students are apprentices and employees of local industrial partners, and it is our goal to help create learning objects, content and skills based on industrial partner needs. This is a wonderful opportunity to invest in an initiative that will have an exceptionally positive impact on our students."