James A. Rhodes State College
In 1971, Lima Technical College, the predecessor of James A. Rhodes State College, formed in Lima, Ohio. The institution's primary goal was to provide technical training to residents of Allen County, Ohio. Almost five hundred students enrolled at the college during its first year. By the mid-1990s, Lima Technical College offered over seventy Associate and other certificate degree programs. The college also boasted an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students at this time. Lima Technical College's campus included 565 acres, which it shared with The Ohio State University at Lima.
In 2002, to symbolize the diverse educational opportunities that the college offered, Lima Technical College changed its name to James A. Rhodes State College, in honor of former governor James A. Rhodes, who played a vital role in establishing Ohio's two-year colleges. By 2003, almost twelve thousand students had graduated from the institution. In 2005, James A. Rhodes State College continued to provide two-year Associates degrees and certificates in over ninety programs to local residents. This same year, over three thousand students enrolled.