GREENVILLE — Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, 12th district, met recently with Edison State faculty, staff and students as well as local business and community leaders at the college’s Evening Affair Open House at the Darke County campus. State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, and Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels also attended.
The event featured a tour of the campus and highlighted several new initiatives such as a new agribusiness program.
“I’m grateful for the investment Edison State is making in Darke County,” said Faber. “Because of their vision and leadership, educational opportunities are being created that mirror the economic needs of our community. I’m particularly excited about the launch of their new agribusiness program. It’s a testament to the partnership between our local schools, businesses and government to equip Ohioans with the tools they need to be successful.”
The Senate, under the leadership of Faber, has significantly increased funding to Ohio’s public colleges and universities, while also prioritizing opportunities to reduce student costs and barriers to receiving an excellent, but affordable education. Edison State received over $1.8 million in the state’s capital budget this year for improvements and renovations.
“It is rewarding to see the support for Edison State from the community, the region and the state that was evident at this event,” said Edison State President Doreen Larson. “Our faculty and staff work hard every day to ensure a quality education at an affordable cost, and this event was a great opportunity to celebrate their efforts and to thank our elected officials for their advocacy and partnership.”
Courses in the new agribusiness program at Edison State’s Darke County campus began this year, and the program will be fully developed by the fall of 2017.