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Bachelor’s degree more affordable thanks to expansion of P.A.C.E.

Jan. 30, 2014: The presidents of
Herzing University Toledo and Terra State Community College (Fremont, Ohio) held a signing ceremony to announce the expansion of the P.A.C.E. (Partnership for Affordable College Education) program.


The collaboration offers students the cost efficiencies of a community college education combined with the career-focused recognition of Herzing University in Toledo. Northwest State Community College became the first P.A.C.E. program partner last summer. Northwest State President Dr. Thomas Stuckey also attended the signing ceremony.

Dr. Jerome Webster with Greg Guzmán


“While many colleges and universities are usually in competition to enroll students, we recognize that collaborations should be happening instead to make higher education more affordable and accessible,” said Greg Guzmán, president of Herzing University’s Toledo campus. “The P.A.C.E. program is all about the student—which is the way it should be.”


The cost of higher education, the challenges of a work-school-family balance, and other potential obstacles are discouraging many students from pursuing a college education. This initiative looks to remove some of those barriers, making students’ dreams to better their lives through education a reality.


“The P.A.C.E. program is a great example of how institutions can collaborate to better serve students,” said Dr. Jerome Webster, president of Terra State Community College. “This is a wonderful and affordable option for Terra State students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration.”

Currently students are able to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, which includes the highly-sought after SAP educational component, and already there are plans to add degrees in technology, healthcare, and public safety to the program offerings.


To take advantage of the P.A.C.E. program, students would complete two-thirds (or three years) of their coursework through Northwest State or Terra State Community College, each of which offers a lower per-credit hour cost of a community college. Students would then finish the final third (or three semesters) of their bachelor’s degree through Herzing University Toledo. The four schools are compatible because each institution is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are members of the North Central Association.


According to Guzmán, Herzing University Toledo offers a student’s remaining business courses either in the classroom or online. “As Lucas County’s first SAP University Alliance Institution, Herzing University Toledo also is in a unique position to offer training that is in great demand by local corporations and businesses.”  


“Herzing’s bachelor’s in business management degree helps to bridge the gap between higher education and the needs of Northwest Ohio’s employers,” said Guzmán. “Those who pursue this business management degree will position themselves competitively for any future openings at some of the region’s largest and most prestigious companies.”


Sixty percent of all businesses globally run on the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform.  Locally, companies such as Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning, Whirlpool, The City of Toledo, Marathon Oil, Cooper Tire, Rexam, Chrysler, Ford, and Pilkington use the software platform to manage their businesses. Their need for a qualified and trained workforce is well-established.


Those interested in learning about the P.A.C.E. initiative should contact Herzing University – Toledo Director of Admissions Corey Heiserman at 419.776.0300 or the Terra State Community College admissions department at 419.334.8400.


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