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Washington Technical CollegeOver the years, Washington State has evolved from a small technical institute – Washington Technical College – to a highly-respected, accredited community college. From an initial enrollment of only 60 students, whose classes were held in the basement of an elementary school, to a current enrollment of more than 2,000 students, Washington State offers a variety of educational opportunities to students and members of the surrounding communities. Nestled on 180 acres of rolling, wooded hills in Marietta, OH, Washington State Community College is an aesthetically beautiful and inviting campus.

Whether one chooses an associate degree or program or a specialized certification, classes and training at Washington State can directly lead to a seamless transfer to a four-year institution or to direct employment opportunities. Internships and co-ops provide part of the well-rounded education Washington State offers, as well.

The campus houses three academic buildings, a library and a child development center. Health sciences technologies constitute the largest academic division on campus, followed by business technologies and industrial technologies, respectively.

In recent years, Washington State has also grown in reputation as a center for the arts and cultural offerings. The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series, along with the River City Film Series, provides a wealth of cultural enrichment for local and regional communities. In addition, the very popular Motor Madness, sponsored by the automotive/diesel program, is an annual event that draws many people to campus each year.

Washington State is committed to the growth and vitality of the community. Through quality, affordable education and training opportunities, cultural activities, and community service, the College enriches the lives of its students and their families, inspiring people to reach their full potential.

Presidents

Bradley Ebersole

Bradley J. Ebersole
2011-Present

Dr. Ebersole has had a 35 year career in community college education. He has taught sociology, directed a continuing education program and a corporate development center, served as assistant to the vice chancellor for Learning and Student Development at The Community College of Baltimore County, and was Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana. In that position he led the college through 25% growth in enrollment, the development of nearly 20 academic programs, and he served as the accreditation liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools during the institution's reaffirmation. He has held the position of Vice Chancellor since 2005. Ebersole has also spent nearly 4 years living and teaching abroad including two years in Japan, a year in Europe, and he spent a semester teaching at a community college in Jamaica, West Indies. Dr. Ebersole is a trained and practicing mediator and has made numerous presentations on conflict resolution. In addition he has served as an intern at the American Association of Community Colleges.

charlotte hatfield

Charlotte R. Hatfield
2002-2011

Dr. Charlotte R. Hatfield was the fifth president of Washington State Community College and the college's first female president. Shortly after arriving, she worked to lay the groundwork for the Washington State Community College Foundation, and in 2003, both the Center for Business and Technology and Early Childhood Development Center opened. Dr. Hatfield has also overseen the addition of a grants office on campus to seek and acquire funding from outside sources. During her tenure, the college has completed a $1.1 million engineering wing, and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy has been established on campus. President Hatfield brought a creative and student- and community-oriented vision to Washington State. Her long-range strategic growth plan for the College included a new building to house the growing health sciences programs, as well as an amphitheater, conference building and arts center for the campus. In June, 2009, Dr. Hatfield witnessed the 7,500th student graduate from Washington State. Despite tough economic times, Washington State has continued to grow and change to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students throughout southeastern Ohio under her leadership.

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Carson K. Miller
1985-2002

When its fourth president, Dr. Carson K. Miller, arrived on the WTC campus in 1985, the number of full-time faculty had increased to 25, and fall enrollment numbers peaked at 1,107 students. In 1988, the medical laboratory technology program won a program excellence award from the Ohio Board of Regents, and the social services program was added. Dr. Miller was authorized to purchase the 81-acre William Road farm for $80,000. In 1989, a new logo and operating plan was approved. "Toward the Year 2000," was put into action with five specific goals for the college. Washington Technical College became Washington State Community College in 1991 and relocated to their new campus on Colegate Drive. During Dr. Miller's 17-year presidency, college enrollment doubled to over 2, 000 students, and the number of programs offered increased from 13 to 29. The college began to offer its transfer programs and became one of the six start-ups in Ohio of College Tech Prep, a nationally-recognized program. The college divided into three divisions in 2002: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Health. Following this new organizational approach, the Arts & Sciences Center was built, which included an auditorium named in honor of former president, Harvey W. Graham. In 2001, President Miller's last year, the Carson K. Miller Library opened, and the Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series was established.

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Donald R. Neff
1975-1985

Dr. Donald R. Neff became the third president of WTC in 1975. In his ten-year reign, the college added the automotive, welding fabrication technology, broadcast engineering, practical nursing, medical laboratory and electronic engineering technology programs. Three additional certificate programs began, and enrollment numbers increased by forty-two percent. Morgan County opened a facility with credit and non-credit options for WTC. The college also acquired WMOA-AM for enhanced training in the broadcast program.

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James R. Jacobs
1973-1975

Dr. James R. Jacobs, the second president of Washington Technical College, accomplished a great deal in his two short years as president. In 1973, he witnessed the first four graduates receive their diplomas from Washington Technical College during the college's first commencement ceremony. In 1974, the college became accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and along with this accreditation, the continuing education department, the Associate of Individualized Studies program, and the evening college all got their beginning.

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Harvey H. Graham
1971-1973

Harvey W. Graham was the first president of Washington Technical Institute. With just five full-time faculty and various rented locations, President Graham increased enrollment from 60 students in 1971 to 176 in 1972 and succeeded in getting a charter issued by the Ohio Board of Regents. Under his leadership, Washington Technical Institute became Washington Technical College. An $11.2 million facility accompanied the college's new name, along with five newly approved associate degrees in accounting, general business management, electrical engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology

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