Broadening Career Opportunities in Regional Markets
Kent State's status as one university at eight locations provides unparalleled capacity to address regional needs. President Lefton believes that capacity carries with it an unparalleled responsibility. Under his leadership, the university's Regional Campuses have created a wide range of innovative academic and workforce-development programs, all tailored to the current and projected needs of the communities they serve.
Kent State University at Ashtabula established a respiratory therapy major in direct response to a request from the Ashtabula County Medical Center, which projected a growing need for skilled employees to work in the area of respiratory therapy at the center and within the Cleveland Clinic Health System. The campus also is home to new associate degree programs that will prepare students for skilled jobs in Ohio's multimillion-dollar wine and grape industry: one focused on wine and winemaking, and one focused on vine growing and grape harvesting. Each program is the first of its kind in Ohio, which is one of the nation's top 10 wine-producing states.
In direct response to an exploding need for skilled "green industry" employees, an associate degree program in urban environment management technology was created at Kent State University at Trumbull, and a bachelor of applied horticulture degree program was established at Kent State University at Salem.
To help give students and regional businesses a competitive edge in a global economy, Kent State University at Stark became the first regional campus in Ohio to offer Japanese language courses. And the campus established a music technology major, the only one of its kind offered by a state institution in Northeast Ohio, to prepare graduates for careers requiring a background in music as well as expertise in the rapidly evolving technologies used in the entertainment industry.