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STEUBENVILLE, OH — Eastern Gateway Community College will use an $836,332 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to establish a new training center.

The Tri-State Gateway to Growth Training Center will serve a 12-county region in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Eastern Gateway President Jimmie Bruce said Tuesday after the funding was announced.

Funding is from ARC’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization – or Power – grant program. Power grants target federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.

The center will provide workforce training in advanced manufacturing (including welding, machining, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics and industrial maintenance), logistics and energy industries, Bruce said.

“The area served by the new center has experienced declines in coal mining employment as well as the closure of a coal-fired power plant,” he continued. “Over the three-year grant period at least 650 workers/trainees and 120 students will obtain new positions or enhance their current ones, and six businesses will be improved by the training model.”

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson hailed the grant award in separate news releases.

“When I visited Eastern Gateway Community College this summer, I heard from students and faculty about the need to provide more people with access to the technical training and certification needed to fill the jobs that are available in today’s economy,” Portman said.

“The Tri-State Gateway Growth Training Center will do just that, and thanks to this ARC Power grant this important facility can be constructed more quickly,” he continued. “These funds will help ensure southeastern Ohioans have the opportunity to pursue the skills necessary for the jobs available today.”

The grant to Eastern Gateway was among several awarded in Johnson’s congressional district.

“This funding will support projects designed to create jobs and spur economic opportunity by investing in broadband expansion, substance abuse recovery, manufacturing, tourism, and other industry sectors,” Johnson, R-6 Ohio, said. He called ARC “a vital source of critical funding for important projects in our region” and he thanked the commission for its support.

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YOUNGSTOWN — For several years, Jonathan Thomas has worked in the retail industry, but thanks to a decision to further his education, his career path forward has been brought into sharper focus.

“Once I graduate, I hope to find a job in the paralegal field, then get a bachelor’s degree and go to law school,” Thomas explained.

Those goals seem much more tenable for the 2011 Chaney High School graduate, thanks largely to his decision two years ago to enroll at Eastern Gateway Community College, he said.

Thomas also was among the students, faculty and staff who took part in “Celebrate Students Day,” a four-hour gathering Thursday on and outside of EGCC’s campus to celebrate the two-year college’s 10-year anniversary in downtown Youngstown.

The event was one of several celebrations that began Monday to mark the occasion.

Thomas, a nontraditional student who plans to graduate next May and likely pursue a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, said EGCC has provided him with greater clarity and a roadmap for his career.

“(EGCC) gave me the opportunity to see that it’s possible,” said Thomas, who also has a job in the college’s maintenance department and is taking a class in criminal law. “It gives me a skill set now.”

This week’s events for the occasion also reflect on and celebrate EGCC’s achievements during the past decade. In addition, a 10-year banquet is planned for next spring, with the primary goal of unveiling a strategic initiative for the next 10 years, President Jimmie Bruce noted.

“It’s designed to be a fun day to recognize the fact that we’ve been here 10 years,” he said about Thursday’s celebration.

This year, EGCC has between 22,000 and 23,000 students, of which an estimated 20,000 take courses online. The Youngstown and Steubenville campuses have about 1,100 and 1,000 students, respectively, and an additional 1,300 are in area high schools, Bruce added.

Another overall goal is to look at new programming and initiatives to expand local enrollment.

Arthur Daly, EGCC’s vice president, noted that the college also has formed numerous partnerships with area entities that include the Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition for apprenticeship training, as well as Nordson Xaloy Inc., Goodwill Industries, the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership, Thom-as P. Miller & Associates and the Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center in Campbell.

Among the offerings regarding the partnerships is a work-advance program in which students who are unemployed or underemployed can get paid while being trained for a career.

“We know this area is underserved. This gets them back in the workforce,” said Daly, who added EGCC also has partnered with Angels for Animals Inc..

In addition, EGCC has formed a relationship with Buster’s Brigade, a new nonprofit organization that helps mainly homeless dogs and cats, noted Abbie Twyford-Wilson, the college’s director of student activities.

The effort is largely to assist students with low income with buying pet food as well as paying for spaying-and-neutering services, she said.

Twyford-Wilson added that she hopes EGCC students also will enjoy a greater connectivity to downtown Youngstown, and that gaining a quality education will be easier for them.

By Brandon Koziol

Kent State University has announced a grant to partner with Eastern Gateway Community College and other community colleges to make it easier for students to transfer there.

Ascendium Education Group has awarded KSU a $1.09 million grant to partner with EGCC, Lorain County Community College and Columbus State Community College, according to a release from Kent State.

KSU says this will make the pathway from a two-year college to Kent State University easier.

“Kent State is excited to partner with these three outstanding community colleges to provide a seamless transfer experience for Ohio residents,” said Mary G. Parker, Ed.D., vice president of Enrollment Management at Kent State. “We believe this grant will help reduce the barriers to degree completion for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.”

The grant is said to enhance all of the institutions’ existing transfer and retention efforts to increase degree completion. This initiative will benefit students across Kent State’s eight-campus system and will culminate in a ‘blueprint’ that aims to outline best practices for two-year to four-year transfer pathways, according to KSU.

Kent State says it will hire a Transfer Advisor who maintains regular hours at area community colleges to meet with counselors and provide educational advising for students.

Kent State will implement the following initiatives as part of the Ascendium grant:

Implement a series of 2+2 vertical pathways designed to increase retention and graduation rates.
Provide integrated support and outreach for underrepresented students.
Share data to improve the transfer process.
Provide transfer advising in the community colleges.
Provide specialized daylong orientation and advising sessions for students transferring to Kent State.
Create opportunities for transfer students to connect quickly to Kent State faculty, research, and internship opportunities.
Enhance the role of faculty in aiding the retention and graduation of transfer students.

By Dana Balash

Women’s volleyball is coming to Eastern Community Gateway College in Youngstown, and Joe Conroy has been named to build the program which starts play next August.

Conroy was the former coach of the Youngstown State women’s volleyball program for 13 years. His 188 victories are the most ever in program history.

We’re thrilled to launch our women’s volleyball program under the guidance of Joe Conroy,” said EGCC Director of Athletics John Zizzo.

Conroy is working on recruiting local players and is excited about building a program from the ground up.

“That will be very exciting. Just the thrill of saying, ‘OK from A to Z,’ I’ll have the opportunity to put the whole program together, and I feel very confident,” Conroy said. “I know what I’m doing, and Dr. Jimmie Bruce is going to give me every opportunity for the team to be successful.”

EGCC administrators say they’re talking with several high schools to determine where their home matches will be played.

Kent State University and Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) have formed a strategic partnership that will create new access to courses and degrees for thousands of students living and learning on Ohio’s eastern border.

Leaders from both institutions met Oct. 10 at Eastern Gateway’s Steubenville campus to sign the agreement and celebrate the new collaboration, which will increase educational opportunities and access for students throughout the four counties Eastern Gateway serves.

“We are excited about the partnership with Kent State University that will enhance opportunities for all students at our Steubenville Campus and will increase articulated pathways from EGCC to Kent State,” said Eastern Gateway President Jimmie Bruce, Ed.D.

Leaders from Eastern Gateway and Kent State’s two Columbiana County campuses – Salem and East Liverpool – met a year ago to begin evaluating how the two institutions could best work together. They discovered the two schools share many program pathways that could be linked to form a progression from an associate to bachelor’s degree for students studying at Eastern Gateway.

Eastern Gateway serves students in Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull counties with campuses in Youngstown and in Steubenville, not far from the Kent State’s East Liverpool Campus.

“At Kent State, we believe that when Ohio’s public higher education system works together, the students, families and communities we serve win,” said Kent State President Beverly J. Warren. “Look no further than our innovative new partnership with Eastern Gateway, which brings together our unique capabilities to open new doors for more students who aspire to earn a four-year degree but may otherwise miss the opportunity.”

The first two conjoined educational pathways will link Eastern Gateway’s Associate of Arts degree to Kent State’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree, and Eastern Gateway’s Associate of Arts degree into Kent State’s Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree. Students also will be able to complete the Technical and Applied Studies degree with a concentration on Insurance Studies. Additional pathways will be determined in the future based on student interest in various study areas.

In addition to course offerings, Kent State will house a physical advising center at Eastern Gateway’s Steubenville campus, which will serve to educate students on Kent State programs and provide guidance for students looking to transfer after completing their associate degree programs at Eastern Gateway.

The new partnership will eliminate the guesswork for students who are interested in transferring from Eastern Gateway to Kent State to complete their four-year degrees. They will have a pathway map of courses leading their studies from Eastern Gateway to Kent State and to achieving a bachelor’s degree.

The degree pathways and new advising will begin in 2019.

About Kent State University

Kent State University is one of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked in the first-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, a College of Podiatric Medicine, a Regional Academic Center, and academic sites in major world cities such as New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. The student body comprises more than 38,000 students, including more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries, and the worldwide alumni family exceeds 245,000. The addition of new learning environments from the sciences to the arts and the development of exciting new academic programs such as aerospace engineering, geographic information science and business analytics characterize Kent State’s focus on transformational educational experiences.

For more information about Kent State, visit

About Eastern Gateway Community College

Eastern Gateway Community College – serving more than 59,000 students since 1968 – is a state, public, accredited institution, offering choices for students in all walks-of-life. The college provides quality, student-centered, future-focused higher education and offers degrees, certificates, programs and courses to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution or to enter the workforce. Eastern Gateway serves Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties with two locations — the Steubenville Campus and the Youngstown Campus. The college also offers courses at other locations throughout its service area. Eastern Gateway provides knowledge enrichment for residents seeking noncredit courses, cultural events and a place for communities to hold meetings or workshops.

For more information about Eastern Gateway, visit

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Eastern Gateway Community College plated three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good in a 13-3 win over Allegheny County South

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Eastern Gateway Community College plated three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good in a 13-3 win over Allegheny County South Wednesday afternoon at Eastwood Field.

The contest was the inaugural home game of the first-year franchise.

Damion Coleman and Dylan Kurcon drove in three runs apiece in the win. Coleman finished the day 3-3, while Kurcon was 3-4.

Zack Johnson was a perfect 5-5 on the day with 2 RBI’s, while Kyle Campbell was 3-4 with 2 RBI’s. Mark Herron finished with two hits and 2 RBI’s in the victory.

Eastern Gateway improves to 8-3 overall on the season. The Gators return to action Friday at Edison State in a doubleheader.


by Alex Taylor

Tuesday, March 27th 2018

It may have been dreary outside, but the future is looking bright at Eastern Gateway Community College, where a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Student Success Center was held Tuesday.

The $1.8 million renovation project will improve the access to students. It will be wireless and feature a Barnes & Noble Book Store.

Many dignitaries were on hand for the ground breaking, including Ohio Senator Frank Hoagland and State Representative Jack Cera.

Construction will begin during the spring.


In a ceremony that’s been done for centuries, more than a dozen nurses obtained pins marking their entrance to the registered nursing profession.

Robin Snider Flohr, dean of health for Eastern Gateway Community College, said the ceremony has taken place since Florence Nightingale founded nursing education by starting her schools.

Administrators said 10 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) earned their pins on May 18 by obtaining their degrees in registered nursing. To complete the RN program, they needed to earn 47 additional credits in nursing and science classes.

“Pinning is a symbolic welcome to the profession that started in the 12th century when knights were honored with the Maltese Cross for caring for injured soldiers and when Queen Victoria presented a pin to Florence Nightingale for her work in the Crimean War,” Flohr said of the ceremony’s history.

The ceremony was held at EGCC’s Jefferson County campus in Steubenville. The LPN to RN transition students were the first graduating class at the Steubenville campus.

Flohr added that many recipients earned their RN degree while already working full-time jobs. She said the graduates successfully took the next step in their careers by earning their associate degree in registered nursing.


LPN to RN transition students, who are the first graduating class at the Steubenville campus. Pictured from left to right are: Associate professor and LPN to RN assistant program director, Dr. Dana M. Meadows, Samantha Anderson, Kelly Gaspard, Jessica Bracone, Gina Capaldi, Megan Roupe, Aubrey McGee, Karrie Kinest, Jonni Ritchie, Professor Judy Hince. (Graduates not pictured: Gina Pierro and Jamie Starkey)

Two Eastern Gateway Community College students have been named to the prestigious All-Ohio Academic Team.

Morgan Coulter, a Wintersville resident and graduate of Steubenville High School, was recognized as a Third Team Member and received a $250 award for her academic prowess.

Steubenville resident Alicia Ziarko, who is also a graduate of Steubenville High School, was named a First Team Member – which is top 10 in the state of Ohio. She received a $1,000 award for her outstanding academic achievement during her time studying at Eastern Gateway’s main campus.

The All-Ohio Academic Team program provides statewide recognition and cash scholarships to outstanding two-year college students. Eligible students are nominated by their institutions and are judged by the All-USA Academic Team Judging Panel. This year, 55 students from Ohio’s 23 public community and technical colleges were selected as First Team, Second Team or Third Team All-Ohio Academic Team Members.

Coulter and Ziarko were introduced as members of the 2016 All-Ohio Academic Team before an assembly of administrators, faculty, staff and family during EGCC’s annual Honors Convocation ceremony on May 17 at the college’s Jefferson County campus.

Both Coulter and Ziarko plan to further their educational pursuits. Coulter will continue her business management studies at Franklin University, while Ziarko will pursue her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Pictured: Phi Theta Kappa Advisor William Verlest and Alicia Ziarko