Historically Black Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, has entered into an agreement with Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, Edison State Community College in Piqua, Ohio, and Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio. The agreement will further advance the mission of Central State University Extension to implement extension outreach and research-based programs in each college’s community.
A key component of the agreement allows Central State Extension to house regional coordinators at each campus. Regional coordinators will work with each college president as well as key community stakeholders to design and implement programs based on community needs as well as current research.
Central State University became a land-grant institution in 2014 (See JBHE post). The designation enables Central State to establish and develop research and extension programs that focus on sustainable agriculture practices, water resources management, youth development, community and economic development, and health and nutritional disparities.
Central State University President Jack Thomas said that “this is truly exciting because as we are expanding our footprint across the state of Ohio. Partnerships with colleges like Stark, Edison, and Hocking are significant and meaningful. Such partnerships allow us to meet the needs of so many more Ohioans, not only with programs and outreach but with opportunities for continuing education; ultimately improving the lives of the citizens of this great state!”