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The Lima/Allen County educational opportunities are unparalleled in our region and post-secondary opportunities are unmatched. With five colleges and universities, 12 districts and 56 trade, public, private and parochial schools in our backyard, we are creating a strong workforce and developing the future leaders of our community.

Enhancing education is a priority of the Lima/Allen County community. Lima/Allen County 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.


The University of Northwestern Ohio is a nonprofit 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 coed campus and has taught students from all 50 states and 49 countries, and currently has more than 4500 students enrolled from 40 states and 36 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, sports 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.

Bluffton University

At Bluffton, you can be assured of exceptional undergraduate, graduate and continuing and professional education programs.

Embodied in our four enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service, you’ll find a character-building education that helps you achieve your personal and professional goals for use in a global market. Grounded in the Mennonite values of peacemaking and service, Bluffton’s faith tradition serves as a useful framework for your personal exploration and faith development. In other words, at Bluffton you’ll develop Christian values for a global community.

Home to a multifaceted student body of more than 1,100, Bluffton is situated on 65 acres of lush, wooded grounds that line the banks of the Little Riley Creek in the village of Bluffton, Ohio. You’ll quickly feel a part of our campus community as you develop relationships with peers and dedicated faculty.

As an undergraduate student, our active student life makes it easy to make new friends in the close-knit, welcoming atmosphere of your home-away-from-home.

Ohio Northern University

146 years of discovering the unknown – and we’re just getting started.

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, Ohio, 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.

The world doesn’t stop changing just because a syllabus is set. And there’s a good chance that you’re interested in more than just one area of study. That’s why at ONU, we’ve created a flexible curriculum designed to meet your needs and keep up with the world. Here, you’ll be able to craft a learning experience that suits you perfectly. Low student-to-teacher ratios mean you can work closely with instructors and take on leadership roles early in your education.

College is about creating who you will be for the rest of your life – and ONU is perfect for discovering just who that is. Here, you’ll find teachers and students who will help you uncover what you love to do. Whatever you’re interested in, you’ll find a club or group devoted to it at ONU. If there isn’t a club already, you can start one yourself.

We’ve heard time and time again that our campus is one of our biggest selling points. Schedule an individual visit and come see for yourself. It might be a little different from what you expect, and that suits us just fine.


Apollo Career Center celebrates 40 years and the end of a three-year renovation. Apollo’s existing, 117,583-square foot campus was overhauled, with the high school and adult education building size nearly doubled to 224,015 square feet. And that’s just the brick-and-mortar aspect of the school. There were technological enhancements, as well, from computer-assisted tools to virtual reality learning platforms such as zSpace, which some staff are using to enhance health and science classwork. “We wanted it to be a showplace for the community,” said superintendent Judy Wells. Beyond the eye-pleasing aesthetics, Wells said the renovations will better position Apollo’s graduates for today’s jobs. “Take any employment sector of 40 years ago, and it’s either disappeared or completely reinvented itself,” Wells said. “For us to be able to produce the type of employee that’s needed for all of our industry sectors, we had to reinvent ourselves, too.” Apollo’s expansion comes at a promising time for vocational education, which is getting renewed attention after years of being seen as second rate to a college degree. President Barack Obama has called for more career training at the high school and college levels. Ohio state lawmakers approved legislation in 2014 expanding career and technical education into the seventh and eighth grades. For more information visit

Article provided by The Lima News The Ohio State University

Ohio State Lima students earn their degrees from the No.1 public university in the state, leveraging a Big 10 quality education with the affordability of a regional campus. Offering 10 bachelors degree programs, four degree completion programs and access to the more than 200 Ohio State majors, students find a unique campus spirit with a truly personalized academic experience – right in their own backyard.

Megan Rutledge was born and raised in Ohio, and attending The Ohio State University was a priority. Having been awarded a full tuition scholarship to Ohio State Lima, Megan was able to complete her college degree debt-free and close to home.

“This scholarship meant the chance for me to go to college,” Megan said. “I will forever be grateful. I was able to begin graduate school with a zero balance. What a great feeling!”

Megan has since earned her doctorate of optometry and is now practicing in Van Wert and Shelby counties.

Rhodes State College
Understanding the needs of those we serve

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!

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