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.

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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

Eastern Gateway Community College faculty and staff packed the Lecture Hall in Steubenville to hear “The Last Lectures of Judy Hince and Jim Senary” on May 17.

Hince and Senary, who are retiring after decades dedicated to teaching, delivered their last lectures at the Jefferson County campus. Their lectures noted the people who have influenced their lives and careers, and they also expressed gratitude to the college.

Hince taught at EGCC for nearly three decades, 10 years as an adjunct professor and 17 years as a full-time instructor. A registered nurse for 38 years, Hince taught in Eastern Gateway’s practical nursing and registered nursing program; the medical assisting program; the EMT-I and paramedic program; the radiology program; the phlebotomy program; and courses in the biological and health core sciences.

She has been an American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor for 30 years and teaches BLS at Eastern Gateway and East Ohio Regional Hospital. An alumna of Alderson Broaddus College and West Virginia University, Hince has worked as a registered nurse at Weirton Medical Center and Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, W.Va. She currently works in the cardiac testing department of East Ohio Regional Hospital.

Senary, a business and accounting professor, taught at EGCC’s Valley Center for four years. His classes have been featured both in the Youngtown Business Journal and the Youngstown Vindicator for the class’s analysis on local business including Joe Maxx Coffee, The Youngstown Historical Center, Oh Wow!!, and the Follett Inc.’s bookstore.

Senary graduated from Youngstown State University with a major in accounting. While at YSU, he earned the YSU Pin for “Most Outstanding All Around Male Student.” After graduation, he worked for Arthur Anderson as an auditor. His next career move was to General Motors, where he spent 30 years until his first retirement.  At General Motors, he was the finance manager for several business lines, including joint venture between General Motors: Toyota, Daimler, Ford, and BMW.  These opportunities afforded him the opportunity to work in China, Germany and Haiti. During his career at GM, he continued his education earning an MBA at Ohio University and a certificate from The Wharton School of Business in strategic planning.

While still working for GM, Senary was an adjunct instructor at Kent State Trumbull, Stark and Salem branches.  After two days of retirement from GM, Jim began his full teaching career at Hiram College, where he taught accounting and business courses. While at Hiram College, he initiated free tax preparation locations to service the Portage County residents, totally operated by the students of Hiram College.

Senary said he “jumped at the opportunity continue his teaching passion when Eastern Gateway was established in the Mahoning Valley.”  While at EGCC, Senary was nominated for the Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges Outstanding Teacher Award.


Pictured (left to right):

Judy Hince, James F. Senary and EGCC President Jimmie Bruce

Thanks to a unique partnership between a local union and Eastern Gateway Community College, 13 students finished a five-year apprenticeship program and earned an associate degree at the same time.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 246 and the Steubenville Division of the National Electrical Contractors Association celebrated the apprentices’ graduation with a dinner and ceremony on May 14.

The celebration marks the completion of more than 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, accompanied by 1,000 hours of classroom training during the last five years. This is the seventh group of inside wiremen to complete the training and also receive an associate degree of Technical Studies in Electrical Trades Technology.

Christina Wanat, M.Ed., interim vice president of student affairs, said through the partnership with the IBEW, Eastern Gateway accepts IBEW Local 246 apprentices. Through the partnership, it is mandatory for apprentices to earn their associate degree. This, in turn, opens up more opportunities for continuing education and employment opportunities.

Students in the five-year program are all union electricians and only a certain number of participants are accepted, said Christy Hardwick, an administrative assistant at IBEW Local 246.

The program is approved through the state of Ohio. Students attend classes at the IBEW training center and earn up to 47 credits toward their associate degree. Thanks to the program, participants are able to move to journeyman status, obtain their associate degree, do their apprenticeships, receive on-the job training, and go through multiple certification processes all at the same time.

Wanat said, “Along with their IBEW training, it prepares them for the workforce and, if they wanted to continue on with their education, they would already have an associate degree to build upon.”

After they successfully complete the program, students can decide on their own if they want to continue on to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

The IBEW Local 246 includes all of Jefferson, Columbiana and Harrison counties in Ohio; parts of Carroll County, Ohio; and all of Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia. The graduating apprentices received certificates of completion from the U.S. Department of Labor and NJATC.


Pictured (Left to Right):

1st row: Quent Thornton, Richard Stanley

2nd row: Tyler Tenley, Cody Lucarelli

3rd row: Brandon Scott, Shane Parker

4th row: Drew Ferguson, Kevan Brown

5th row: Brandon Sowers, Jordon Jones, Clayton McDaniel


Not pictured: Brian Dobbs and William Smith