How fast the time is flying as the semester rolls on! There has been a flurry of activity on and off campus since my last update. I will try to hit the highlights in this latest blog post.
WC and Ed2Go Partner to Offer Access to Online Training and Micro-Credentialing
Wilmington College’s newly instituted strategic partnership with ed2go highlights WC’s commitment to providing affordable online education that enables students, residents and employees at any organization to gain in-demand employability skills.
Ed2go is a leading provider of adult online education and part of Cengage Group, a global education technology company whose goal is to expand online training opportunities across in-demand industries. Wilmington College will offer hundreds of affordable online courses and advanced career training through the agreement: https://www.wilmington.edu/wilmington-college-advantage. In addition, many of the advanced career training courses are eligible for Ohio TechCred state funding. The next application cycle is November 2023: www.wilmington.edu/programs/techcred.
“This partnership is a natural fit,” said Dr. Sylvia Stevens, vice president for community and business development at the College. “We understand the value of career training in today’s ever-changing job market and the need to provide flexible options for today’s learners to quickly and effectively upskill or reskill to expand their employment opportunities. Ed2go has a proven background that will help us to best meet our communities' learning needs. This partnership complements the fully online academic programs (accounting, business administration-management, business administration-finance, strategic organizational leadership, and Master of Organizational Leadership) that Wilmington College offers under the umbrella of WC Advantage, which focuses on professional programming.”
Ed2go partners with many academic institutions to provide innovative, relevant courses that align with job market demand and cover a variety of industries such as medical, information technology and business. Programs range from career and certification training to personal and professional development courses focusing on teaching transferable and in-demand skills. The fully online model allows students to learn anytime, anywhere. Students have the option for self-paced and instructor-led courses and have opportunities for collaboration with instructors and other learners.
Bob Batten, general manager, ed2go, added, “Through this partnership with Wilmington College, we’re excited to offer local residents the opportunity to access quality, flexible online education to improve their career prospects and their lives.”
WC Receives Multiple Accolades from Colleges of Distinction
Wilmington College recently received word of its inclusion again this year as one of the nation’s "Best Colleges," as selected by Colleges of Distinction.
WC also earned program-specific recognition in business, education and career development for the 2023-24 academic year (NOTE: COD does not yet provide special recognition for a number of academic areas in which the College is historically strong). COD’s criteria for membership on both the Ohio and national levels highlight engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes.
Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction, said his staff was impressed with WC’s commitment to implementing high-impact educational practices. He lauded the College’s “effective dedication” to student success.
“Wilmington College has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching,” he said in citing the institution’s dedication to hands-on learning and leadership development opportunities, along with fostering close relationships between students, faculty and staff.
“With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building programs,” he added. Schritter cited WC’s focus on experiential learning opportunities, service, diversity and global education, undergraduate research, first-year success, internships and numerous other opportunities for hands-on learning.
Other accolades and rankings received by the College this fall include U.S. News & World Report ranking WC 29th Best College among 83 schools in the Midwest Region and seventh in the region for social mobility. Also, Best Colleges Degree Choices’ third annual rankings found WC in the top half of Ohio’s institutions in the Best Bachelor’s Degree category.
WC Theatre to Present Lucky Stiff Nov 16-18
Wilmington College Theatre will present the murder mystery, Lucky Stiff, on Nov. 16, 17, and 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre on campus.
Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds — and a corpse. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6 million. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn... or else his uncle's gun-toting ex-girlfriend.
Lucky Stiff was Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's first produced show. It premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and was a winner of the Richard Rodgers Award and Washington's Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical, Lucky Stiff is now performed frequently across the country. The team of Ahrens and Flaherty have co-written several other award-winning musicals, including Once on This Island, Seussical and Ragtime.
Bryan Wallingford is heading the direction and design while Becky Haines is handling lighting design; Wynn Alexander, design consulting; Timothy Larrick, music direction; Tricia Heys, choreography; Gina Beck, vocal coaching; and Spencer Anderson and Cece Hunt, stage management.
The cast features Sterling Goodwin as Harry Witherspoon and Alex Robinson as the body, along with Carlie McCoy as Annabel Glick, Ollie Basta as Rita La Porta. Wyatt Morrow as Vinnie Di Ruzzio, Nathen Borgan as Luigi Gaudi, Baylee Joy Martin as Dominique, Alyssa Jenkins as Land Lady/Southern Lady, Kyleigh Caves as Spinster/Southern Lady, Dalan Toups as Punk/Emcee, Zach Tillis as Lorry Driver/French Waiter, Teddy Murphy as Solicitor/Croupier, Devon Snyder as Mr. Loomis/Bellhop, Hannah Schroeder as Prosperous Woman/Waitress, Emma Schnecker as Woman on Train/Waitress, Ellie Craig as Miss Thorsby/Nun, Birdy Orebaugh as Nurse/Maid, Matthew Maramasaka as Gambler/Salesman, Hillary LeForge as Nightclub Dancer and Makayla Thomason as Nightclub Dancer,
Ticket reservations are available through the website wc.booktix.com with sales beginning Monday (Oct. 23) at 9 a.m.
Heys Wins OAC XC Championship; Quakers Head to Regionals Nov. 11
Story by David Wahl III
The Wilmington College men's cross country team traveled to the home of the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern for the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. The Quakers took home fifth place as a team at Hillcrest Golf Club, finishing less than 20 points behind fourth place Otterbein. John Carroll claimed the victory with 25 points, with Ohio Northern and Mount Union finishing in a tie for second place with 73 total points.
Simon Heys added to an already polished resume, as the senior claimed his first OAC individual championship. Heys is the first individual men's conference champion in school history, and he did so in a time of 24:15.
Heys will finish his career having been four-for-four on All-Conference honors, as he has finished in the top-20 at every OAC Cross Country Championship in which he has competed.
Noah Tobin finished 14th in a time of 25:24-- in the top 20 for the second straight season.
The Quakers will continue the post-season in Norton, Ohio on November 11th for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships.
Native American Heritage Month Event on Nov. 8
Be sure to join the WC Indigenous Student Association and advisor, Wendy Grab, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 4pm in CSA302 (Kitchen) for an herbal healing mixes workshop!
You'll have the opportunity to create your own herbal medicine with a Seneca nation elder. For more information, reach out to Wendy.
Enjoy the approaching warm weather and extra hour of sleep. Until next week, friends!
In peace and gratitude,