Lancaster – U.S. 15th District Congressman Steve Stivers says it's important for the federal government to continue to support the regional campus concept. Stivers spent Wednesday morning touring the Ohio University Lancaster Campus.
"You can get the education and a bachelor's degree for half the price," said Stivers. "When we can help people come out of college with less debt, that's a win, win for everyone."
Stivers went on a tour of campus lead by Student Services Manager Pat Fox. He saw both Brasee and Herrold Halls. Stivers was able to look inside many of the campus classrooms and labs, as well as talk with students and professors. He said he was impressed with the quality and variety of students on the campus.
Stivers, a Republican, is running for re-election in November. He currently serves a district that is comprised of part of Franklin County and all of Madison and Union counties. But, with re-districting, the 15th district will now contain Fairfield County, where Lancaster is located, and several surrounding counties. Stivers said he wanted to tour the regional campus in Lancaster because it is such an important part of the community.
"I wanted to make sure that I understand what is going on, so if I am lucky enough to be re-elected, I want to be ready to serve this community," said Stivers.
The congressman spoke with professors in the Industrial Maintenance Technology program and the Medical Assisting Technology program. Both are associate degrees and train individuals for jobs that are in high demand right now.
"There are great educational opportunities at Ohio University Lancaster that can translate into a job right away," said Stivers. "Ohio University Lancaster is a great model for efficient, effective education."