Oft-forgotten Hiram College is an important part of the surrounding community as it offers many advantages for local families and businesses.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Hiram is its promise to lock in tuition prices for incoming freshmen. This is the eighth year for the tuition guarantee, which gives freshmen and their families security in knowing the cost will not increase for them for four years. It also gives them incentive to graduate in four years to avoid a price increase.
New for Hiram are five seats in the Northeast Ohio Medical University, formerly NEOUCOM. Youngstown State, Kent State, Cleveland State and the University of Akron have always had guaranteed spots for their students to attend the medical university in Rootstown. The university also had an additional 10 at-large seats. Hiram now has five of those 10.
Along the same line, Hiram now offers a biomedical humanities major tat focuses on emerging fields of medical ethics, health care law and medical journalism.
Hiram's progressive approach to economic development is worth noting. Its Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship has a building in Ravenna that contains student-owned businesses that are the focal point of downtown revitalization. Hiram students also market their own products through the for-profit Hiram Ventures, Inc.
We would encourage local businesses and government officials responsible for economic development to entertain the possibility of similar projects in Trumbull County.
And we encourage families and students to remember that there are many higher education opportunities within and very near the Mahoning Valley.