Clark State College

Education
7:04 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Clark State Hopes For Arts Center Upgrade

A community college in southwest Ohio is asking the state for $500,000 to make over its 20-year-old performing arts center.

Officials at Clark State Community College in Springfield say the downtown building needs a new roof and upgrades to the heating and air conditioning systems.

Clark State says the performing arts center has drawn over 1.5 million people in the last 20 years.

The Springfield News-Sun reports that local officials say the performing arts center has been vital to the city's downtown.

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12:49 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform meet at Clark State

A group of religious, business, and law enforcement officials met Monday evening at Clark State to discuss immigration reform. The group held a public forum to talk about providing a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.

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Education
2:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Jo Alice Blondin Selected as Clark State's Next President

Clark State Community College has selected a new president.  Dr. Jo Alice Blondin will take over for Karen Rafinsky, who announced that she would retire at the end of the school year.

Since 2006, Dr. Blondin has served as the chancellor of the Ozark Campus at Arkansas Tech University. She is credited with growing the enrollment by 600 percent.
 
Blondin says she is excited about the opportunity to lead Clark State and has identified the challenges that lie ahead.

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Around the Miami Valley
5:32 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Clark State president to retire next June


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.

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