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The Hocking College Experience

Save Money with The Benefits of Community College

by Tim Brunicardi
We all know a college education is a valuable asset to have, yet the traditional four-year college plan isn’t right for everyone. Some students aren’t ready to commit to the four-year plan for a variety of reasons, and may end up opting out of college altogether. The good news is that there are alternatives to attending school full time for 4 years.
Community college is an awesome way to pursue higher education on a 2-year plan – which can be helpful if you aren’t sure what you want to study or are looking for a more affordable way to attend college. There are many benefits of community college. Here are just a few things to consider when deciding between a 2-year and 4-year college experience.

How to Stay Focused in College

by Tim Brunicardi

College can be a very exciting adventure, especially during your first year. If you have never been on your own before, there is a lot to get used to. Sometimes this responsibility can be a bit overwhelming and might cause you to lose focus on your studies, but it doesn't have to be that way. Staying focused in college takes some work, yet is well worth it in the end. Here are some tips that will show you how to stay focused in college so you can get the most out of your experience.

Eating Local: Athens, Ohio and Its Locavore Movement

by Tim Brunicardi

In recent years, the push to eat local and support local businesses has grown. The importance of eating local is glaringly evident as ethical and efficiency issues with industrial farming come to light. Local food systems are becoming more respected and more prominent, and creating a movement as they grow.

Things to Look For and Ask About on Your Campus Tour

by Tim Brunicardi

Get the Most Out of Your Campus Tour

As you research and apply to colleges, some of the most important information you’ll need to make your decision about which school to attend will come from your campus tour. Almost all colleges and universities offer guided tours for prospective students, and it’s a great way to assess the facilities and ask any questions you may have about what life is like on campus. Here’s what to expect and some important tips for your campus tour that will help you get the most out of your time. 

What is Agroecology?

by Tim Brunicardi

Hocking College is offering an exciting new program this coming fall!

Agroecology is a 2-year degree program that will train students in soil remediation methods, sustainable growing techniques, and cutting edge developments in organic and sustainable agriculture. Students will find out everything they need to know on what Agroecology is.

Hocking is partnering with a microbe-based remediation company based in Columbus called Alpha-Omega, as well as with a non-profit foundation that will operate a farm adjacent to Hocking College. This allows us to be the only 2-year college in Ohio to offer an Agroecology program of this kind. 

Firefighter School: A Guide to Hocking College's Fire & Emergency Services Program

by Tim Brunicardi

If you are looking for a career change or some extra training, one place you can look to is a two-year college. Hocking College is a college that also offers two-year degrees in Ohio. One program that has gained real momentum is the Firefighter II Certification. This hands-on program gives students the tools they need in order to complete and pass the state-certified exam through the use of state-of-the-art technology and the tutelage of experienced instructors. Plus, those who successfully complete the program are not only employable but are also able to move on to the Fire and Emergency Services Associates Degree program.

Office Administrative Service Program: How to Become a Virtual Customer Service Rep

by Melissa Atkins, Office Administration Faculty

Hocking College understands the changing landscape of the workforce. That's why we offer the Office Administrative Service Program, which prepares its students with highly marketable skills that meet the needs of today's increasingly online marketplace with an office administration degree.

Banding Together: Choir and Band Classes Offered at Hocking College

by Tim Brunicardi

Students looking to march to the beat of a different drummer should check out two new musical offerings at Hocking College.

Preserving History: Summit held at Robbins Crossing

by Tim Brunicardi

David Muran, RVC Archtects, Inc.,; Dave Sagan, Hocking College; Colin Widdoes, RVC Architects, Inc.,; Ron Black, former Hocking College employee; Tom O’Grady, Southeast Ohio History Center; Chris Black, Past Hocking College employee; Jason Szostek, Hocking College; Norm Fox, former Robbins Crossing site director and faculty member; Robert Schmoll, Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad; David McPherson, Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad; Kathy Temple-Miller, Hocking College faculty; Barney Grueser, Antique American Log Cabins; Lynne Newell, Southeast Ohio History Center; Sean Terrell, Hocking College; Trent DeBruin, Hocking College; Barbara Powers, Ohio Historic Preservation Office; and Tim Traxler, Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area.

Hocking College hosted a summit on May 22 to discuss options for preserving the Robbins Crossing historical area located on campus.

Why You Should Consider Hocking College's Medical Assistant Program

by Dawn Shingler AAS, CMA (AAMA)


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the medical assistant field will grow 23 percent between 2014 and 2024, much more rapidly than the average line of work. There are several reasons for this.

First, the baby boomer population is aging and requiring more preventive services. This trend is expected to continue, creating a high demand for physicians. To accommodate the growth, physicians will need to employ more medical assistants capable of performing clinical tasks and routine duties to free up physicians for more advanced work.