FREMONT For improved economic growth and safety, Terra State Community College had proposed an additional entrance off of SR 53.
The entrance was proposed during the 2016 Strategic Plan and with the Ohio Department of Transportation in spring of 2012. Currently, Terra is continuing to pursue funding through working with state and local legislators.
The Feasibility and Traffic Impact study, which had been submitted in May, has been completed and approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Terra President Jerome Webster said.
The project is to total $4.2 million. Through the sale of bonds, Terra has received $1.6 million toward the project, Webster said.
The biggest concern to have an entrance off of SR 53 is due to safety, Webster said.
"The entrance would make easier access to the college," Webster said. "It would make a second point of ingress and digress for the students and limit accidents. Also, students could evacuate at a more rapid pace if needed."
In addition to safety, Webster said the college is looking to expand economically by looking into housing and retail options.
New to Terra State is the Ronald L. Neeley Conference and Hospitality Center. The center was finished and opened this past November, and since then, Webster said there have been many bookings.
The building earned its name from a gift totaling $1 million in the memory of former Terra professor Ron Neeley. Neeley is the brother of Wanda Coldiron. Wanda and her husband, Arnold Coldiron, pledged the gift.
The building, Building G, originally was the college's Early Learning Center. Renovations to the building were completed by KF Construction Inc. The building increased in size to 9,700 square feet.
The building is equipped with an entry and reception area, a full-service kitchen with a ventless dish machine, roll-in and section refrigerator, convection steamer, double convection oven, char broiler, fryer, ice machine and more.
The building also has a 4,300-square-foot conference space that can seat 300 people. The space can be divided into five smaller rooms with sound-deadening dividers.
Technology in the building includes 16 security cameras, energy-efficient hand dryers in the restrooms, audio and video technology, and a wireless Internet connection.
The center has equipment that companies or the community can use for professional meetings, wedding receptions or birthday parties, or for any corporate setting, Webster said.
The college also has been partnering with 17 different four-year institutions to offer bachelor's degrees for students to be able to complete online, Webster said.
Institutions that have partnered with Terra are Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, Miami University, Tiffin University and Heidelberg University.
"Students are able to stay local and reduce the cost of their tuition," he said.