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Lima OH Education and Higher Learning

We’re a maker community. We invent, we build and we turn ideas into reality. Our students do amazing things, and with local post-graduate colleges, universities and career centers, they’re finding jobs right here! When it comes to quality of life, education and cutting-edge health care, the Greater Lima Region has it all! Come and discover for yourself our Real American Heart!

Enhancing education is a priority of the Greater Lima Region. The Greater Lima Region 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.


Apollo Career Center is in its 42nd year of training high school and adult students in careers that have high employment opportunities in this region. Responsive to area business and industry needs, Apollo customizes and upgrades skills training in its continuing commitment to provide a skilled workforce. Students complete programs with industry certifications that add value and employability.

High school students from 11 area schools have the opportunity to choose from over 20 career-training programs that prepare students for life after graduation. The $53 million dollar renovation of the campus has added state-of-the-art equipment and enhanced opportunity for learning in all programs and academic labs. Through strong, long-standing partnerships with business and industry, high school students are offered internships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities that benefit the community, the economy and the future of Apollo students.

Apollo Career Center Adult Education (Ohio Technical Center) is one of the leading training facilities in the region, providing full-time and short-term training programs that upgrade, enhance and provide life-changing career choices for adult students. Adult education has made a strong commitment to this region with additional business and industry support, customized training and upgraded facilities to accommodate the training needs of the community. In addition to strong training programs, Apollo Adult Education serves 78 fire departments and EMS squads in 14 counties through the public safety division. The burn room is the only facility of its kind in Ohio, built to address the training needs of the region.

Apollo Career Center believes that a highly skilled workforce is an integral part of community success, and will continue to be responsive and strive to meet the needs of its shareholders.

Award Recipient

2018 Young Leader Recipient
Jason May, First Federal Bank

The need
First Federal Bank helps make people’s hopes and dreams a reality. We are here to help the clients and the communities achieve their goals by becoming a partner with them.

The work
It starts with caring and listening and then it takes everyone being creative and working together. Thinking outside the box and being willing to go the extra mile. “No” doesn’t always mean “no”; it just means find another way.

The crew
It takes a village … I am blessed to be surrounded by so many individuals that have the same aspirations as I do when it comes to helping people and making a difference. I couldn’t do what I do if it wasn’t for all of them.

The reward
Making a difference. Knowing that you had a part in changing someone’s life is the reward in itself while hoping that in turn the communities and the people that you served will pay it forward. Is there anything better than that?Bluffton University

In a world that changes rapidly, Bluffton University prepares students with the in-demand skills that allow graduates to lead in their communities and in the world. Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton University is built on a 118-year legacy rooted in the four enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service.

These distinguishing aspects of a Bluffton education were recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report. For over 20 consecutive years, Bluffton has been ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges for the magazine’s Best Colleges Guidebook.

Ohio Northern University

Outside sources confirm Ohio Northern University’s strong reputation. This fall, several ranking services again rank the university among the best universities for offering an exceptional educational experience. While the criteria differ, the common denominator is the recognition of the value of relevancy of an Ohio Northern degree:

  • Ranked No. 4 among Midwest regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in Best Colleges 2019, ranked third in “Best Value Schools” and 10th in “A+ Schools for B Students” regional categories.
  • One of nation’s top schools in The Princeton Review annual college guide, The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition.
  • Ranked by Washington Monthly as No. 14 on its “Baccalaureate Colleges” list.
  • One of top-10 small Midwest colleges by The Wall Street Journal.
  • The New York Times reports Ohio Northern ranks second out of all 76 colleges in Ohio, 10th nationally out of 578 national selective private colleges and 84th out of all 2,137 colleges in the U.S. for “median student income at age 34.”
  • Ranked by Forbes in its “America’s Top Colleges” list.
  • Among top five private universities, and in top 12 overall in Ohio, for return on investment, and No. 8 in for salary potential by PayScale.
  • Ranked by career-guidance site Zippia as most likely college or university in Ohio (and third in the nation) to place its graduates into a job.
  • Included in MONEY’s “Best Colleges for 2018-19.”
Rhodes State College

Rhodes State College recognizes being a good community partner starts with understanding the needs of those we serve. The college takes 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 the college’s faculty and staff proud to be a part of the Lima/Allen County community.

Rhodes State takes pride in the community by helping students get the knowledge they need to succeed. That’s what makes Rhodes State the No. 1 choice.

Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is a research powerhouse constantly expanding its understanding of the world. At Ohio State Lima, students can start early with undergraduate research projects, national and international study tours, and experiential and service-learning opportunities – all part of a robust student experience designed to develop the next generation of leaders.

Ohio State Lima students have their choice of 12 bachelor’s degree programs, four degree-completion programs and access to the more than 200 Ohio State majors. They become part of an academic tradition that leads the way in shaping tomorrow’s future as they join the over half a million former Ohio State students who have discovered futures they never expected.