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Education and Talent

We’re a maker community. We invent, we build, and we turn ideas into reality. Our students do amazing things, and with local post-graduate colleges, universities, and career centers, they’re finding jobs right here! When it comes to quality of life, education, and cutting-edge healthcare the Greater Lima Region has it all! Come and discover for yourself our Real American Heart!

Enhancing education is a priority of the Greater Lima Region. The Greater Lima Region has outstanding educational programs for all career paths, including skilled trades. We offer skill trades training programs at both the vocational level and with full apprentice programs.


Apollo Career Center is in its 41st year of training high school and adult students in careers that have high employment opportunities in this region. Responsive to area business and industry needs, Apollo customizes and upgrades skills training in its continuing commitment to provide a skilled workforce. Students complete programs with industry certifications that add value and employability.

High School students from 11 area high schools have the opportunity to choose from over 20 career-training programs that prepare students for life after graduation. The $53 million renovation of the campus has added state-of-the-art equipment and enhanced opportunity for learning in all programs and academic labs. Through strong, long-standing partnerships with business and industry, high school students are offered internships, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities that benefit the community, the economy, and the future of Apollo students.

Apollo Career Center Adult Education (Ohio Technical Center) is one of the leading training facilities in the region, providing full-time and short-term training programs that upgrade, enhance, and provide life-changing career choices for adult students. Adult Education has made a strong commitment to this region with additional business and industry support, customized training, and upgraded facilities to accommodate the training needs of the community. In addition to strong training programs, Apollo Adult Education serves 78 fire departments and EMS squads in 14 counties through the public safety division. The burn room is the only facility of its kind in Ohio, built to address the training needs of the region.

Apollo Career Center believes that a highly skilled workforce is an integral part of community success, and will continue to be responsive and strive to meet the needs of its shareholders.

Bluffton University

In a world that changes rapidly, Bluffton University prepares students with the in-demand skills that allow graduates to lead in their communities and in the world. Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton University is built on a 117-year legacy rooted in the four enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service.

These distinguishing aspects of a Bluffton education were recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report. For 20 consecutive years, Bluffton has been ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges for the magazine’s Best Colleges Guidebook.

This past summer, Bluffton students completed internships studying cancer at the National Institutes for Health, neuropsychology with Harvard Medical School and graphic design with NASA. Through these opportunities and programs, Bluffton students go into the community prepared for life as well as their chosen vocations.Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University believes that you deserve an education that prepares you for the world ahead. We believe that college should be treated as an investment — and our students have seen the highest returns on investment in the entire state. We believe that your time at ONU paves the way for the rest of your life.

With Ada as your backdrop and ONU as your guide, there is no limit to what you can achieve. Five colleges provide nationally ranked arts, sciences and professional programs, and a diverse array of high-impact learning opportunities. At ONU, we believe in high-impact learning. That means that you’ll learn by doing — through internships, community outreach and more. Visit www.onu.eduRhodes State College

At Rhodes State College, we recognize being a good community partner starts with understanding the needs of those we serve. We take pride in helping bridge the gap between students looking for an education and employers searching for qualified talent. Yet, while the jobs of tomorrow demand both high skill and in-depth knowledge, the cost of many post-secondary institutions has made it harder for students to afford a quality education. Rhodes State’s Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees provide the solution.

Rhodes State offers the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree—with guaranteed transferability to Ohio’s public universities and most private institutions. Rhodes State works with partners locally and across the state to build transfer articulation agreements, allowing students a smooth transition to the next educational step. And, best of all, students are able to receive a quality two-year education at a fraction of the cost of a traditional four-year institution.

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees at Rhodes State provide a perfect option for students to begin their bachelor’s degree close to home and at a quality institution, all while saving money on tuition, fees, room and board. Being able to deliver a high quality education, without the worry of undue student debt, makes our faculty and staff proud to be a part of the Lima/Allen County community.

Rhodes State takes pride in our community by helping students get the knowledge they need to succeed. That’s what makes Rhodes State the #1 choice!The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is a research powerhouse consistently expanding its understanding of the world. At Ohio State Lima, students can start early with undergraduate research projects, international study tours and service-learning opportunities — all part of a robust student experience designed to develop our next generation of global leaders.

Ohio State Lima students have their choice of 11 bachelor’s degree programs, four degree completion programs and access to the 200+ Ohio State majors. They become part of an academic tradition that leads the way in shaping tomorrow’s future and they join a million former Ohio State students who discovered futures they never expected.


The University of Northwestern Ohio is a not-for-profit, university founded in 1920. UNOH is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. There are five colleges within the university: College of Applied Technologies, College of Business, College of Occupational Professions, College of Health Professions, and the Graduate College. UNOH is a co-ed campus and has taught students from all 50 states and 61 countries, and currently has nearly 4,000 students enrolled from 40 states and 49 countries. What attracts so many out-of-state students? At UNOH there is no out-of-state tuition. UNOH is also one of the most affordable private universities in the region!

The University is known worldwide as a leader in the automotive, diesel, and high performance industries, but also offers over 50 degree programs in business, health care, marketing, information technology, sport marketing and management, robotics and automation, and many other fields of study including master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs.

At UNOH, students are not just a number. There is a focus on small class sizes, which allow students and professors more one-on-one time.

The University of Northwestern Ohio also offers 14 collegiate athletics programs including men’s & women’s basketball, tennis, golf, bowling and soccer, men’s baseball, women’s softball and volleyball, and co-ed motorsports teams.

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