Springfield, Ohio. 45505
Organization Contact Details
Springfield, Ohio. 45505
Clark State College
Vice President, Advancement
Clark State College
The first responder programs at Clark State are located in the downtown Springfield campus, in the Brinkman Education Center. The space for these programs is no longer adequate, as there is a need for increased space in order to increase the capacity of the first responder programs. The location can also be inconvenient, as the space constraints have resulted in some components of the programs being located at the main campus on Leffel Lane in Springfield. Students therefore may need to drive between locations instead of having all of their classes in one location. Furthermore, the Brinkman Education Center also houses Clark State’s Workforce and Business Solutions, which offers many short-term trainings and customized trainings for businesses. An increased demand for these trainings is causing space constraints. Therefore, in addition to increasing capacity for the first responder programs, this proposed facility will also increase capacity for Workforce and Business Solutions, allowing them to more effectively meet the training needs of the region’s businesses.
The first responder programs have specific needs that are not well-met at the current location. The Peace Officer Academy is facing an increased need to hire more law enforcement officers within the community served by Clark State, and the College will need to be prepared to train more students within a short period of time. The current facilities are outdated and in need of new academic technology. Most of the program’s fitness training is already held at the Leffel Lane location, as there is more space for this type of training, despite other training being at the downtown location. This can be inconvenient for students depending on their transportation situation. New locker room and shower facilities will allow students to change in and out of fitness training clothes and other clothing and uniforms needed for the program. These facilities are best accommodated at the Leffel Lane location to meet the needs of fitness training.
Within a 60 minute driving radius of Springfield, there are currently 143 online job ads for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers, according to data from JobsEQ. The total forecasted demand over the next year is 687 employees. These jobs earn good, family-sustaining wages, with mean annual wages of $72,100. For Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, and Jailers, there are currently 89 online job ads, with a forecasted demand of 487 employees over the next year. These are also good, middle-class jobs, with mean annual wages of $48,300.
The facility will also house the Emergency Medical Services associate degree, EMT Short-Term Technical Certification and the Paramedic Certification. The Emergency Medical Services program needs improvements to the laboratory component of the classes. Currently, the equipment utilized for lab classes are stored in the classroom as there are no other dedicated storage locations. This creates space constraints in the classroom, which can also limit the capacity of students that can be served by the program. Lab facilities would be very beneficial to the program as they can be used for the hands-on components of the classes as well as provided equipment storage making for a cleaner classroom with less obstruction in the learning environment. This will also increase the classrooms’ capacity for students.
Emergency Medical Services are a crucial part of the healthcare service ecosystem, and a shortage of trained workers in this field can have devastating impacts on the community. Within a 60 minute driving radius of Springfield, there are currently 73 online job ads for Emergency Medical Technicians, with an anticipated demand over the next year of 148 employees, according to JobsEQ. The mean annual wages are $33,600. For paramedics, there are currently 50 online job ads and an anticipated total demand over the next year of 94 employees. These jobs earn a mean annual wage of $41,300.
Establishing this facility will have an overall positive impact on Clark State’s capacity to serve first responder students. It will also greatly enhance the capacity of Workforce and Business Solutions, which will be a benefit to businesses throughout the region.