From Ohio History Central
In 1961, the Mansfield, Ohio, Board of Education established Mansfield School of Technology, the predecessor of North Central State College. This institution's primary purpose was to provide local residents with technical training so that they could advance in the workplace or secure better careers. In 1968, the Ohio Board of Regents authorized Mansfield School of Technology to become North Central Technical College. This new institution expanded its programs beyond Mansfield to include residents of Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties. As the college continued to grow and offered a wider array of courses, the institution became known, in 1999, as North Central State College. North Central State College shares facilities with The Ohio State University at Mansfield. The college also offered courses in Shelby, Ohio. In 2005, North Central State College offered nearly thirty Associate degree and thirty certificate degree programs.