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The Hocking College Experience

Hocking College Foundation: Committed to Growing Careers and Changing Lives

by Stephanie DiFrancesco

The Hocking College Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works with members of the community to achieve and maintain excellence, undertake development programs and enhance the college’s educational and public service mission. The Foundation provides over 50 scholarships and is responsible for the coordination of philanthropic and fundraising initiatives within the private sector and external support for the college’s programs, students, faculty and staff. The mission of the Hocking College Foundation is to promote community awareness, build and nurture meaningful relationships, and connect community partners with giving opportunities that fulfill their philanthropic objectives while advancing the mission of Hocking College.

Partnering with Employers to Build Workforce Development

by Stephanie DiFrancesco

Hocking College is pleased to announce the launch of a new Workforce initiative that bridges the gap between local employers and competent, ready-to-work employees. 

Veteran & Military Services at Hocking College

by Stephanie DiFrancesco

Originally called, “Armistice Day,” Veterans Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of World War I, and to honor the U.S. soldiers who served their country. In 1954, the name was officially changed to “Veterans Day” and the annual holiday officially became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Hocking College Welcomes Tamara Moyer as the New Dean of Allied Health and Nursing

by Tracey A. Maine

Hocking College’s new dean of the School of Allied Health and Nursing, Tamara Moyer, brings practical and educational nursing experience to her new role.

Learning on the Job: Student Employment at Hocking College

by Hocking College Contributing Writer

Hocking College is designated by the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education as an Entrepreneurial School; in fact, it was named the nation’s first Higher Ed Entrepreneurial School in 2019. As an entrepreneurial school, Hocking College not only prepares students for careers in the workforce by providing hands-on classroom experience, it also offers students the opportunity to work in student employment positions while in college, often working in their field while studying.

Aspire Program: Paving the Road to Success

by Tracey A. Maine

Derek “Scott” McGlaughlin, born and raised on a farm in Southeast Ohio, had a life beset by a series of hardships. Upon graduating from high school in 1991, McGlaughlin learned that he would soon become a parent. Knowing this, he then enlisted in the military, as it was considered his most reliable career path at the time. He was released in 1993, and found himself with a wife and child to support at home.

After his experience in the military, McGlaughlin pursued a career path in criminal justice and enrolled in the Police Academy at Hocking College to become a police officer. He then spent time traveling around the country working jobs such as firefighting and manufacturing. He later began suffering from PTSD and other health-related issues that prevented him from performing strenuous physical labor.

According to McGlaughlin, a pivotal turning point in his life involved him getting arrested on a DUI charge. This conviction required him to take part in a Driver Intervention program, which taught him how he could help himself by being of service to others. McGlaughlin has continued to remain an active participant in the Driver Intervention program as both a speaker and mentor to other men and women who have a history with drugs and alcohol.

Scott later moved back to Southeast Ohio to take care of his elderly grandmother; but once again, he found himself struggling to find a reliable career that was right for him and his family. One day while traveling down Ohio SR 287, McGlaughlin noticed that he was driving alongside a Hocking College Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training truck. Having grown up on a farm, McGlaughlin had always considered himself to be “someone who could drive anything”, so he chose to look into the
CDL program that Hocking College offers.

After enrolling in the program, McGlaughlin was disappointed to find out that his chances of going back to school on a GI Bill had expired, and he felt he had no other option than to drop out. Once again, McGlaughlin felt lost and hopeless at a chance for a successful future. Luckily for Scott, the CDL program manager, Jimmy Kern, wasn’t ready to give up on his new student. Kern worked with Ginger Gagne, the Aspire program manager, to present McGlaughlin with another chance at this opportunity through funding and free educational resources.

The Hocking College Aspire program provides high-quality basic educational services to assist adult learners in acquiring skills to be successful in postsecondary education, training and employment, earn a living wage and be contributing members of society. Although McGlaughlin had never considered himself to be a great student, he says that the Aspire program helped him “refresh his basic math and composition skills, boost [his] self-esteem and help prepare [him] to become more competitive in the job market.”

On McGlaughlin’s new road to success, he (as with all Hocking College CDL students) began his first forty hours of Commercial Drivers License training in the classroom learning to keep accurate logs and being introduced to all of the rules and regulations that professional truck drivers must abide by. The second portion of their training involves learning to drive trucks in a designated parking lot on the Hocking College campus. When discussing his experience learning to drive the truck, McGlaughlin described it as “intimidating - but only for about three days”. He credits his change in attitude to his primary instructor, Jimmy Kern. McGlaughlin says that “he made time for each of his students. This helped make everyone become less fearful and built up every student’s level of self-confidence”.

After only three weeks of classes, McGlaughlin got a head start in looking for job opportunities in truck driving. To his amazement, in the short time between posting his resume online and checking for updates on prospects, he had received nine job offers - conditional on his successful completion of the program and licensing exam. In regards to his potential as a truck driver, instructor Kern says that McGlaughlin possesses the three essential qualities needed to be successful in the trucking industry: perseverance, punctuality and the ability to be a team player. He went on to describe his former student as “someone who came to this program for not just its end results, but also to be good at the job his training prepared him for”.

McGlaughlin stated that he is extremely grateful for the second chance at life that the Aspire program gave him. In particular, he wanted to thank Ginger Gagne who he said was “always ready to go above and beyond to make sure I had the support, encouragement and financing I needed to succeed in the program”. Overall, he credits the Aspire program with “changing the entire trajectory of [his] life”.

To discover how you can benefit from Hocking College’s new Aspire program, visit www.hocking.edu/aspire or contact Ginger Gagne at gagneg@hocking.edu.

How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant

by Tracey A. Maine

During National Physical Therapy Month, we’re putting the spotlight on our new Physical Therapist Assistant program manager Sam Coppoletti.

Mark Riley: Taking Hocking College's eSports Team to the Next Level

by Amanda Grinstead

Hocking College's new eSports coach, Mark Riley, hopes to take the team to the next level this season.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Tracey A. Maine

The purpose of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to make people all over the world more knowledgeable about this disease. In conjunction, government agencies, medical societies and nonprofit organizations work with survivors to raise money to fund research, educate women about the importance of getting regular mammograms and detail methods of prevention and early detection.

New Mending Service is Tailor-Made for Students, Staff and Community

by Tracey A. Maine

Do you have a pair of pants or a skirt that needs to be hemmed? Does your favorite shirt have a button missing? If your wardrobe needs mending, Hocking College’s new venture is just what you need!

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