Clark State Community College President Karen Rafinski, has announced her retirement. She will end her 16-year tenure with the college next June.
During Rafinski's time as president, Clark State’s enrollment has grown to nearly 9,000 students from the 4,000 mark it was at when she took over in 1997.
The college's board of directors says Rafinski helped the school raise more than $100 million through the Clark State Foundation. Officials say the Foundation ranks first among all Ohio community colleges in its endowment funds per student.
Numbers released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show the seasonally adjusted rate of joblessness at 7.2 percent for the second consecutive month, although there were modest gains in hiring. It's still the lowest level since September 2008.
The unchanged percentage rate in July stalled 11 consecutive months of decreases in Ohio's jobless rate. Compared with June's figures, the state's non-farm payrolls grew by 11,000.
Kevin Milner makes a return visit to the WYSO studios with a project he's calling the Half Shebang. It's a name for his various collaborations with other musicians, including Linsey Rogers, a violinist and singer who performed with him on the air. The duo discuss how their musical backgrounds have made working together fairly easy in a short amount of time as well future plans for live shows and recordings.
The Half Shebang will perform on August 25th at Tipp City's HogJam.