The first few months of Charlote Hatfield's tenure as the community college's president will be busy ones.
"We're going to have a child care center finished in December," says Hatfield, "and we're going to break ground next month for a business and industry training center, which will allow us to work with local businesses to provide a better facility for tailored training."
Those projects were started by Dr. Hatfield's immediate predecessor, Carson Miller, who retired after a tenure which saw a major expansion of what was a two-year technical college.
Dr. Hatfield says she hopes to change the college's focus from projects to programs, including the expansion of nighttime courses for working students.
"We've always had a good number of night classes," she says, "but we want to make sure the complete programs are available to evening students."
Dr. Hatfield's concerns may be economic as well as academic, thanks to Ohio's ongoing budget problems, and rising tuition costs.
"We're going to be looking for outside foundation donations to support things like scholarships, opportunities for our students to come for the most affordable price we can offer."
Even so, the students are still coming. Early figures say enrollment for the new academic year is up six percent from a year ago.
With Dr. Hatfield heading up Washington State, and, with Jean Scott in her third year as president of Marietta Colelge, women hold the top spot at both of the city's four-year institutions.
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