Pictured Left to Right: Rhodes State - Dr. Eric Mason (NSG'96), Interim Dean, Health Sciences; Dr. Cynthia Spiers (seated), President; Dr. Vicki Deketelaere, VP of Academic Affairs; Bluffton University - Dr. Lamar Nisly, VP and Dean of Academic Affairs; Dr. Jane Wood (seated), President; Dr. Sherri Winegardner (NSG'81), Director of Nursing and Associate Professor of Nursing.

Rhodes State College and Bluffton University Announce Partnership

     On December 18, Dr. Cynthia E. Spiers, Rhodes State College President, and Dr. Jane Wood, Bluffton University President, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Rhodes State College to help meet the need for nurses in Northwest Ohio.
     The agreement between Bluffton University and Rhodes State College facilitates the transfer of students between the two institutions. Bluffton University nursing students may earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (“BSN”) degree from Bluffton University by first earning an Associate of Applied Science (“AAS”) degree from RSC and Registered Nurse Licensure in the State of Ohio through successful completion of the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The goal of this cooperative effort is to increase the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses in Northwest Ohio in support of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendation in the Future of Nursing Report to increase the number of baccalaureate prepared nurses to 80% by the year 2020.
     Rhodes State College guarantees that up to eight Bluffton University students, who have successfully completed their pre-nursing curriculum, will be admitted into the Rhodes State nursing program each semester. More qualified Bluffton University students may be admitted if space is available. The Rhodes State nursing program currently may admit up to 216 students each academic year. 

Discover Northern Italy and Its Lakes,
Fall 2020 Trip

     Rhodes State College's Workforce Development & Innovation Department, the Rhodes State Alumni Office, and Collette Tours are proud to announce an exciting partnership and to invite you to come along on this exciting experience. You're invited to join us on a trip to Northern Italy and its Lakes, featuring Padua & Venice,  September 23 - October 1, 2020.   
     Mark your Calendar for a Travel Presentation Night on  January 14, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm at Rhodes State College, Keese Hall, Room 120.  The Travel Presentation Night is a wonderful opportunity for travelers to hear about trip highlights and the great travel features being offered by Collette on this trip as well as a good time to reserve your spot with your registration and deposit.  To register for the Travel Presentation Night, contact Heather Seddelmeyer, Coordinator of Continuing and Community Education  at (419) 995-8464 or [email protected].
     Click on the following link for trip details: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/993130 

Rhodes State to Offer Community-Based Courses

     EXPLORE Rhodes State College’s Continuing and Community education for your new adventure! Let us provide you the opportunities for new knowledge. Whether you are investigating a new hobby, advancing your employment opportunities, or learning a new skill, Rhodes State College’s Continuing and Community Education non-credit courses offer something for everyone.  
     Are you interested in teaching a personal enrichment class? Please contact: Heather Seddelmeyer, Coordinator, Continuing and Community Education by phone 419-991-4152 or by email [email protected].

Thanksgiving Baskets Given to Students in Need

      This year, 12 Thanksgiving Baskets were given to students who applied to receive them. Nadine Gurto (MGT'02), a volunteer for The SHOP, the food and hygiene product pantry for Rhodes State students and staff, orchestrated the collection, organization and distribution of the project. The baskets included gravy, Cream of Mushroom Soup, broth, canned vegetables, potatoes, pumpkin pie mix, pie crust, yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, egg noodles, cake mix, frosting, marshmallows, french fried onions, pancake mix, syrup, dinner rolls, onion, juice, oatmeal, brown sugar, cornbread mix, paper towels, dish soap, celery and stuffing. 
     Further, each College department collected signatures to with the students' families a Happy Thanksgiving and good luck for the remainder of the semester. 
     Comments from students who received the baskets:
"Thank you so much for doing this. This is amazing!"
"The Thanksgiving Basket would be such a blessing to me and my boys."
"Thanks again for giving people a chance to get the supplies they need for this Thanksgiving."
     If you would like to donate toward The SHOP for future projects like this, you can donate online by designating The SHOP at https://www.rhodesstate.edu/give.

Rhodes State 2018 Economic Impact Study published 

  You can click on the image to look over the impact of Rhodes State College on the region's economic successes and growth.