Springfield + Higher Education (part 2) – 81 institutions

Wow!  There are over 80 colleges, universities and institutes within about a 90-min (70 mile) drive of Springfield with 280,000 students.

Springfield offers a large number of colleges and universities within a short drive from the community.  In fact, it is one of the most education dense areas in the country.

Here is a listing of many of the institutions of higher education, in order of drive time from downtown Springfield.  The second column indicates how many students are at that institution.  The final column provides an estimate of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) students.

Each listing also provides a link to that institution’s webpage.

Miles Students STEM
Wittenberg University 1.5 2000 400
Clark State 1.6 3400 400
Antioch University Midwest 9.5 600 200
Cedarville University 12.4 3000 600
Urbana University 13.4 1300 300
AFIT 14.3 800 300
CSU 15 2100 200
Wilberforce University 15 800 150
14000 2550
Greene County Career Center 17.5 700 100
WSU 17.5 17000 3500
ITT – Dayton 21.1 400 125
National College Columbus 21.6
National College Dayton 21.6 400
Hobart Institute of Welding 21.6 250 200
Sinclair Community College 22.4 20000 3200
Southwestern College 22.4 700 200
UD 23.9 11000 2700
Kaplan College 26.1 800 300
RETS College 26.9 1100
Edison State Community College 27.1 3400 300
Upper Valley JVS 27.1 300 60
Miami Valley Career Tech 27.4 300 300
Ohio Hi Point JVS 30.4 800 60
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Wilmington College 32.6 1600 300
Southwestern College 36.3 270 100
ITT – Hilliard 37.2 600 200
Warren County Career Center 38.8 150 650
Miami University – Middletown 40.6 2000 500
OSU – Main Campus 43 53800 13000
Columbus State Community College 43.7 25000 2400
Franklin University 43.7 7700 1800
Adult and Community Edu – Hudson 45.8 120 150
University of Phoenix – Columbus 47 224 100
Ohio Wesleyan University 47.5 2000 400
Capital University 47.6 3600 800
DeVry University – Ohio 47.6 4000 900
Bradford School 47.7 600 300
Ohio Dominican University 47.7 3200 700
TechSkills-Columbus 48.1 400 184
Otterbein College 50.3 3200 650
ITT – Columbus 50.4 70 0
Kaplan College – Columbus 50.4 500 400
University of Phoenix – Cinci 50.4 150 130
Eastland-Fairfield CTS 50.5 270 150
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Miami University – Hamilton 51.2 2900
Chatfield College 51.9 250 35
Ohio Christian University 52.5 780 70
Southern State CC 54 2600 440
Great Oaks Institute of Tech 55 500 360
TechSkills – Cinci 55 200 100
Apollo Career Center 55.1 800 530
Southwestern College – Cinci 56.1 1100 600
James A. Rhodes State College 56.8 3700 700
OSU – Lima 56.8 1400 120
Earlham College 57 1300 300
IU – East 57 2500 300
Ivy Tech CC 57 2600 400
ONU 57 3700 800
Miami University – Oxford 57.2 17200 4400
UC – Raymond Walters 58.4 4200 500
WSU – Lake Campus 58.7 1100 40
Marion Technical College 58.8 1900 450
OSU – Marion 58.8 1700 200
Tri-Rivers CC 58.8 250 110
University of Northwestern Ohio 58.8 3500 900
Brown Mackie College – Cinci 58.8 1600 400
UC – Clermont College 60.5 3200 300
National College – Cinci 60.8 500 70
OU – Chillicothe 61 2000 170
Pickaway Ross JVS 61 400 400
ITT Norwood 62.4 700 200
Xavier University 64.1 6600 1800
Cincinnati State TCC 65.3 8100 1300
Union Institute & University 65.5 1700 800
UC – Main Campus 66.1 30000 6400
Bluffton University 66.5 1200 270
OU – Lancaster 66.5 1900 86
Antonelli College 67.2 430 115
Southwestern College – Cinci 67.2 620 130
Cincinnati Christian University 68.6 1100 200
Denison University 69.5 2200 510
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Center for Innovative Food Technology Member Scholarship Program

There’s a new initiative being undertaken by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)

As many of you know, CIFT is one of Ohio’s Thomas Edison Centers, and, as such is charged with the mission of providing technology based economic development services to one of the most important sectors of Ohio’s economy, food processing and agriculture.  The initiative was  announced August 24 will enhance our ability to provide those services by increasing access to smaller companies.

Throughout the 15 year history of the CIFT program, one of the most successful initiatives has been the membership consortium.  Through this program, Ohio companies can avail themselves of CIFT services such as:
•    Consultation with CIFT staff expertise in food safety, product development, and other areas of food science.
•    Use of CIFT’s Technical Information Research service.
•    Free attendance at CIFT technical seminars and presentations.
•    Networking with food industry professionals and technical providers.
•    Funding for technical projects including feasibility studies, proof of concept studies, and others.

Over the years, the past and current CIFT membership roster includes such large multinational companies as Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, J.M. Smucker, General Mills, as well as major regional companies such as Consolidated Biscuit Co., Cooper Foods, Wyandot Foods, and Sandridge Foods.  Each of these has been provided significant benefits from the membership experience, which has enabled them to improve their financial performance, which has helped to support their employment in the state.

The membership model that is utilized by CIFT requires payment of annual membership dues, which is sometimes beyond the reach of smaller, younger companies.  In some cases, this may prevent new technologies or products from getting to the market, and may delay or hinder the growth of small food and agribusiness entities.  To remedy this situation, CIFT is establishing a pilot program through which qualified small and start up companies may have their membership dues paid by a special grant that has been made to CIFT by the Ohio Department of Development. This program will “level the playing field” by providing access to world class technical and scientific resources through the CIFT program.

Qualified companies that have been nominated on the basis of their potential for job creation and economic benefits to their regions, and approved by CIFT’s Advisory Board will receive a one year CIFT membership (a $5,000 value).  This will make them eligible for all of the services listed above.  Significant among these services is the availability of funding for technology development or assessment projects performed by other CIFT members including academic partners such as The Ohio State University, as well as private sector companies with world class credentials in product development, food safety, engineering, equipment design, packaging, productivity, energy performance, and many others.

How can you help? By identifying companies that are:
•    Are relatively new to their industries.
•    Are Ohio based.
•    Have, in your opinion, significant potential for expansion.
•    Identified technical or technology related needs.
•    Sound business plans for growth.
•    Intention to continue CIFT membership as their business grows.
•    Are involved in the food industry supply chain, including producers of food ingredients, food products, food packaging, and food processing equipment.

Upon receipt of your nominations,  all candidates will be reviewed for the technical efficacy of their request, and announce the awards. The companies will then be guided through the project construction and approval processes.

No cash grants will be made, funding will be made by paying for technical services provided according to projects that have been submitted to and approved by the CIFT Advisory group.

Any questions? Contact:

Dave Beck
President and CEO
Center for Innovative Food Technology
419-535-6000, ext. 106

>> The Center for Innovative Food Technology

>> Information Sheet

Results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey: How they effect your business

The results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Quarter 3 2010 have been released. The survey has been running for 47 years and is conducted quarterly as a public service to help businesses, consumers, government officials and agencies, trade associations and academic institutions understand the hiring plans of employers for the quarter to come.

Of the more than 18,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 18% anticipate an increase in staff levels in their Quarter 3 2010 hiring plans, while 8% expect a decrease in payrolls, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +10%. When seasonally adjusted, the Net Employment Outlook becomes +6%. Seventy percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 4% of employers indicate they are undecided about their hiring intentions.

Dayton, OH area employers expect to hire at a respectable pace during the third quarter of 2010, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. From July to September, 18% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 8% expect to reduce their payrolls. Another 71% expect to maintain their current staff levels and 3% are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* of 10%.

Employers anticipate staff levels to be much higher than the second quarter of 2010 when the Net Employment Outlook was 0%. Employers also expect a significantly faster hiring pace compared with one year ago, when the Net Employment Outlook was -10%.

>> Read the full Manpower Employment Outlook Survey

>> Additional information is available at press.manpower.com

Wittenberg’s East Asian Institute a great business + educational asset

Wittenberg East Asian Institute Logo

The new East Asian Insitute

Wittenberg University is a tremendous community asset, and it is doing some exciting things.  They have a new entrepreneurship program, about which I’ll write in another blog post.  This one deals with the new SBA grant-funded program at Wittenberg called the East Asian Institute.  Wittenberg President Mark Erickson wrote this summer: “We are also investing in our East Asian Studies program as we look to create the first-ever East Asian Institute on campus, which will expand global understanding by way of international partnerships in business, government and education. We will provide distinctive field-study experiences with leading firms conducting business in East Asia, and we will offer unprecedented experiential learning opportunities.”

Wittenberg is a great college

For those not familiar with Wittenberg, this info from Wikipedia should help: “Wittenberg University, located in Springfield, Ohio, United States is a private, four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  The college serves 2,100 full-time students (45% male, 55% female), representing 40 states and approximately 36 foreign countries.  The University is best known for its business and biology departments and its athletic endeavors. Wittenberg is also distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary programs such as East Asian Studies and Russian Area Studies.”  It ranks in Tier 1 (top 25%) of all liberal arts colleges nationwide in the US News & World Report rankings.

Director Erick Kish

The director, Erick Kish, is a new member to our business outreach (HITS) team and a very dynamic individual.  He “brings over 17 years of professional experience to Wittenberg University with many years of experience living and working in Asia. Erick recently served as International Trade Representative in Taiwan for the States of Alaska, and he served as the International Trade Representative for the State of Arizona in Asia prior to that. He earned his M.A. in Economics and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida” (from website.)

In the video, Kish talks about the institute, how it can help businesses, and Wittenberg’s connections to East Asia.

>> Wittenberg home page

>> East Asian Insitute home page

Safety Council – Dole Fresh Vegetables safety program

Below is a video of the majority of the presentation by Jim Graham, HR Manager, and Lisa Cole, both of Dole Fresh Vegetables.  Jim and Lisa are presenting to the Springfield – Clark County Safety Council (http://bit.ly/sesafety) on August 11, 2009.  It’s a very innovative take on the NFL (National Football League) called the “No Injuries League.”

Part 1

Part 2

4H – 1 of 100 things I like about Springfield, Ohio

How the 100 Things I Like About Springfield posts got started…

I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a few days, and I finally came up with the way I wanted to do it.  I first wanted to do 100 things to do in Springfield (Clark County), and I came up with the list, but many of the things I haven’t experienced yet.  Then, I was going to do a Springfield A-Z type post, but that will take some more work.  Finally, here we go…a post with 100 of the reasons I (David Zak) like living in Springfield.  That gives me more leeway and latitude and is a good starting point.  These are in alphabetical order (to protect the innocent).

Thing I like about Springfield #1 – 4H

My daughter Grace enjoying a rabbit 4H project at 2008 Clark County Fair

My daughter Grace enjoying a rabbit 4H project at 2008 Clark County Fair

The largest youth development program in the country

4H is a monster youth education program that was birthed in Clark County Ohio in 1902 by A.B. Graham.  Its scope is impressive – 6 million young people are currently participating, 60 million alumni, over 500,000 volunteers, 3500 staff, and in every state, DC, Puerto Rico, and 80 countries around the world.  As such, it appears to be the largest youth program in the country, followed by Boys and Girls Clubs with 4.8 million participants and the Boy & Girl Scouts with 5.2 million combined. 

Why it was created

The reason for creating the program is also interesting.  As 4H tells it on their website, at the turn of the century researchers at land-grant colleges as well as the USDA saw that adult farmers weren’t open to new technology, but they found they could reach them by having their kids “experiment” with the new ideas and share those ideas and successes with the adults.  

My experience with 4H

My personal experience with the program is twofold – at the Clark County Fair (and other county fairs), I enjoy seeing the large number of sheep, goat, cow, rabbit, chicken “projects” that are done by youth with the family and appreciate how that makes the family grow stronger.  One of my boss’s daughters did rabbits this year, and it was a really positive experience.  Secondly, when testimony in favor of renewing the temporary sales tax happened this year, 4H was the strongest voice in favor, with story after heartrending story of how this program has changed and impacted the lives of young people – from inner city youth to young adult leaders.  Makes me proud to live here.  Our community has left a legacy.

>> 4H Website – http://4-h.org

>> Ohio 4H Program – www.ohio4h.org

>> Wikipedia entry – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4-H

Video – WorkPlus Director Lehan Peters on WIA training grants for business

Lehan Peters, Executive Director of the WorkPlus Center, discusses some of the parameters of the On The Job Training (OJT) and Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) programs at the 2009 Training Grant Seminar.

>> Training Grant Seminar 2009 – http://bit.ly/setgs09

>> Lehan’s slides here – http://bit.ly/setgs09petersp