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    Welcome to the Office of Alumni Engagement

    WIRED Alumni Newsletter

    The Edison State Community College Office of Alumni Engagement is committed to informing, connecting and engaging Edison State alumni while supporting the mission and goals of the College.

    What does the Office of Alumni Engagement do?

    • Promotes support and engagement opportunities for alumni.
    • Sponsors events for alumni participation.
    • Seeks to increase the percentage of alumni involved in campus programs—both on and off campus.
    • Encourages and strengthens the College in the community through alumni.
    • Provides resources to secure mentoring, internship, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for current students and alumni.

    Who is considered an alumnus/alumna?

    All Edison State graduates and anyone who has completed at least one semester of course work at Edison State are automatically part of the Edison State alumni family.

    What are the benefits of being an Edison State alumni?

    • Issues of the WIRED newsletter at no charge. The Summer 2019 issue is available now. Click on the cover image to view the digital publication or click here for a downloadable pdf version.
    • Free lifetime access to Edison State Career Services
    • Professional connections through the Edison State Works initiative.
    • Professional development through the Center for Workforce Development & Education and the Center for Leadership Development, including programs such as The Academy for Community Leadership, Supervisor Leadership Series and the Disney Institute.
    • Participation in Edison State Advisory boards to make recommendations for the future
    • Invitations to events such as Charger County Nights, Charger County Tailgating, Holiday Evening at Edison State, Charger Reverse Raffle and Little Black Dress–Girls' Night Out.

    How can alumni help Edison State?

    As a proud Edison State graduate, you can help maintain strong connections to you alma mater by regularly attending Edison State events and staying in touch. In addition, annual gifts to Edison State are encouraged to ensure that future generations of students receive the opportunity of education. Tuition covers only part of the cost of an Edison State education. Edison State relies on the generosity of alumni, parents and friends for the remaining support. Donations can be made through The Edison Foundation by clicking here.

  • We are proud of our alumni!  We want to stay in touch and find out what they are doing and where they have landed since attending Edison State Community College. Below are just a few. (Listed in alphabetical order.)  

    Erica Barga (2013)  Barga received an Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice at Edison State Community College, in 2013 under Commander Joseph Mahan and has been named Chief of Police in St. Paris, Ohio. “Erica was an eager student. I am proud of her accomplishments and her willingness to serve the public. It should make all of us who teach very proud to see that someone we once taught in a basic level academy setting, rise to the ultimate level of being in charge,” states Mahan. Barga attended the second Edison State Criminal Justice Academy governed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission located in London, Ohio. Edison State Community College is a host site for the program and offers 16 semester credit hours towards an associate’s degree. Barga has three children—Kynlee (6), Kasen (4), and Korey (1) and lives in Bradford, Ohio.

    Paige Barker (2014)  Barker graduated in 2014 from Edison State Community College with an associate degree in Social Services and received her bachelor degree from The Ohio State University in May of 2018. She is currently a coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sister of Shelby County, where she organizes after-school care for seven elementary schools in Shelby and Darke counties. Barker has been hired by Sidney City Schools for a newly created latchkey program that will begin with the 2018–2019 school year. This program will provide kindergarten through fifth-grade students with the opportunity for before- and after-school care complete with a variety of planned activities and special projects.

    Robert "Bobby" Benshoff (2016)  Benshoff is life-long resident of Sidney and a graduate of Sidney High School. He attended Edison State where he completed an associate degree in criminal justice, and has recently been sworn in as a police officer for the City of Sidney. Prior to the swearing in ceremony, Benshoff had been employed by the Sidney Police Department as a dispatcher. Benshoff expects to graduate from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State.

    Jackie Davis (2002)  Davis is now the Chief Operating Officer at Mutual Federal, a part of First Bank–Richmond. After graduating with her Associates of Applied Business degree from Edison State Community College, Davis went on to the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin. She has spent a total of 18 years at the bank and most recently was their Senior Vice President. Davis and her husband Dennis live in Sidney, Ohio with their two sons. She spends a lot of her time supporting the community, serving as treasurer and board member of the Sidney County United Way and as a youth coach for the Fairlawn athletic boosters.

    Dee Eilerman (2013)  Eilerman has been employed as an RN with Premier Health at Upper Valley Medical Center since graduating from the Edison State Nursing program. She was hired into the Progressive Care Unit where she worked for a year, and then transferred to the Emergency Department. She currently works full-time in Ambulatory Surgery. Eilerman serves on multiple hospital committees including the Shared Governance Coordination Council, Unit Council and Employee Communication Committee. She has also worked part-time at an oncology office in St. Mary’s. Eilerman has completed her BSN and plans to begin working towards her Master’s in Nursing Education. Eilerman has also become a certified Zumba instructor.

    Kathy Etter (2015)  Etter has been promoted from administrative officer to banking officer with Second National Bank of Greenville. She joined SNB in 2005 as a credit analyst and is currently the lead credit analyst and credit department supervisor. Etter graduated from Edison State with an associate degree in business administration. She also attended the Ohio Bankers League School of Commercial Lending Essentials and completed the RMA Series 6 training program “The Decision Lending Process.” Etter resides in Piqua with her husband.

    Kerri Gregg (2002)  Gregg started at Edison State while attending Upper Valley Career Center, as part of the post-secondary program for Early Childhood Development. After high school, Gregg began working at a Montessori school—while continuing at Edison State. She received her Montessori teaching certification and worked at the school for twelve years. Gregg went through a career transition when she began working at an incentive company in Dayton. It was here that she became interested in the Human Resources field. She utilized her Edison State degree as transfer credits and earned a Bachelor Degree in Business from Urbana University and a Master Degree from Franklin University—all while working full time. Gregg is now the Human Resource Manager at Norcold in Gettysburg, Ohio. She credits her husband for supporting her for the past 20 years and for making it possible for her to work long hours to pursue her education. He often reminded her to stop doing laundry and to do her homework!

    Kelly Noctor (1996)  Noctor graduated from Edison State Community College in 1996 and felt extremely prepared to begin her career. She has been named the 2018 Nurse of the Year by Interim Healthcare Inc. for her exceptional level of care. Noctor goes above and beyond by volunteering her time at free clinics such as the Churchill Clinic in Churchill, Tennessee where she spent seven years administering care. She has been married to husband Michael for twenty-nine years and has two children, Michelle and Sarah; and a granddaughter, Hayden. Noctor believes that nursing is more than just a job—it is her true calling and she feels lucky to be able to serve the community as a nurse each and every day.

    Scott Rasor (2014)  Rasor has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Unity National Bank. Rasor has worked in the financial sector for over 35 years in the Piqua service area. He joined Unity National Bank in 2013. Rasor studied business at Edison State Community College and then at the Ohio School of Banking and Ohio School of Consumer Credit. In his new role, Rasor will serve as chairman of Unity National Bank's advisory board and will provide leadership in all aspects of financial lending throughout the local Unity service area. Rasor also serves as a board member for the Piqua Area United Way, a member of the City of Piqua Advisory Board and is active in the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Nancy Schuler (2012)  Following her farewell party as a student and employee at Edison State, Schuler was a La Macina di San Cresci Artist Fellow in Tuscany, Italy where she completed a series of paintings of olive groves and grape fields, which she subsequently shared at the Mayflower Art Center in Troy, Ohio. Schuler then attended Wright State University full-time, receiving an honors transfer scholarship of $7,500. While at Wright State, Schuler’s art portfolio was awarded two additional art merit scholarships and she was nominated to the National Society for Leadership and Success. She was awarded the College Yeck Fellowship at the Dayton Art Institute where she was given a $1,000 stipend to create a body of work and teach art to high school students. Schuler graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. She then interned at the Dayton Society of Artists to complete her Arts Management Certificate. In 2019, Schuler was hired as Interim Gallery Director where she had interned. She recently embarked upon her dream trip to the Grand Tetons with her family, where they completed a family service project to support the Little Leaders Scholarship program—a program that she had benefited from.

    Eric Shoemaker (2015)  Shoemaker attended Edison State to advance his career with Ohio Living Dorothy Love—a faith-based, non-profit organization. Almost immediately after receiving his Associate Degree in Business Management from Edison State, he was promoted to Executive Assistant and has subsequently been promoted to Director of Independent Living at Ohio Living Dorothy Love. In his new role, Shoemaker will oversee the company’s independent housing and apartment buildings, ensuring the best possible independent lifestyle for the residents that occupy these spaces. Shoemaker recently married, and he and his wife Brandy have purchased their first home which they share with their miniature dachshund named Zeke.

    Brian Swinehart (2017)  Swinehart graduated from Covington High School in 1998. He lives in Los Angeles, California and works in the film and entertainment industry. He is a filmmaker, stand-up comedian and actor. Swinehart moved to L.A. after attending Edison State Community College for two years. He is currently working on a short film in the Covington area with local legend Dennis Willoughby, also known as Scooby. His film is part of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge that provides individuals with disabilities—like Scooby—the opportunity and joy of acting. You can view Swinehart's film by clicking here.

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    WIRED Newsletter V6 | Winter 2018
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    WIRED Newsletter V5 | Fall 2018
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    WIRED Newsletter V4 | Summer 2018
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    WIRED Newsletter V3 | Winter 2017
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    WIRED Newsletter V2 | Spring 2017
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    WIRED Newsletter V1 | Winter 2016
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