James A. Rhodes State College

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Rhodes State College is a public, state-assisted institution of higher learning which is chartered to provide degree-granting career education programs and prepares students for transfer completion of baccalaureate degrees at Ohio public colleges and universities and selected private colleges and universities. The college provides non-credit workforce development, consulting for business and industry and prepares students for entry into careers. With over 4,300 students, the college’s core institutional values of integrity, caring, responsibility, respect, and quality guide its policies and practices.

Rhodes State College
Motto Rhodes State College changes lives, builds futures and improves communities through life-long learning.
Type Public
Established 1971
Students >4100
Location Lima, Ohio, U.S.A.
Mascot Barons
Website www.rhodesstate.edu/


Rhodes State College, previously Lima Technical College, was founded in 1971 in Lima, OH. This institution was based primarily on technical training of students who lived in Allen County, OH. Over five hundred students enrolled during the first year. By the mid 1990s, Lima Technical College offered over seventy Associate and other certificate degree programs.[1]

In 2002, Lima Technical College changed its name to James A. Rhodes State College in order to honor the former governor. Rhodes played a major role in developing Ohio's two-year colleges. It is now referred to as Rhodes State College.

Rhodes continues to grow both in enrollment and diversity of associate degrees. Today Rhodes provides two-year associate degrees and certificates in over ninety programs with an enrollment of over four thousand students.[2]


  1. ^ "James A. Rhodes State College", Ohio History Central, July 12, 2006, http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=2522
  2. ^ "James A. Rhodes State College". Ohio History Central. 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′18″N 84°01′40″W / 40.738348°N 84.027676°W / 40.738348; -84.027676