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College 360°: Looking at the Big Picture

No man is an island. No college should be, either. During 2005, Notre Dame College and 14 other institutions of higher learning in Northeast Ohio joined area business and civic leaders in a major effort to connect the colleges with their communities for mutual gain.

College 360°, a four-year program officially launched last September, aims to boost the economy of the region by increasing its supply of college-educated workers. The program has three main strategies: attract students to Northeast Ohio colleges, broaden their college experience by exposing them to the area’s cultural and entertainment resources, and create internship opportunities that will help them launch careers here.

Two moves that College 360° has already taken are the publication of a magazine, Campus Visit, and the establishment of a website,www.college360.org. These sources provide information about cultural, sports, dining, and other recreational attractions in Northeast Ohio, maps of the region and a list of recommended hotels in and around Cleveland, Akron, Oberlin, and Kent, with notes on which offer special rates for students visiting area campuses.

The calendar on the website features pro sports events, classical and rock concerts, plays, and other off campus events in and around Cleveland and Akron. The site also identifies discounts available to college students.

At this time, college360.org provides links to the websites of four existing internship programs. College 360° is working to increase the number of internships available to area students by 3,600. Students who sign up for the program’s mailing list will be updated on additional offerings.

The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) is the sponsor and organizer of College 360°. Notre Dame’s representatives to the program are David A. Armstrong, Esq., Dean of Admissions, and three students who are members of Team 360, its student advisory group: senior Charles Jackson and sophomores Debbie Beatty and Rachel Williamson.

Patricia Opaskar ‘65 is a free-lance writer and editor residing in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.