Clark State Community College students will now have the option of on-campus housing in residence halls located on the campus of Wittenberg University in Springfield.
Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin credits the leadership teams at both colleges for this new agreement and says the housing partnership is a win-win for all. “This partnership is another example of how Clark State and Wittenberg work together to ensure student success. Our hope is that students will see the value of this opportunity, live on the Wittenberg campus and ultimately pursue their baccalaureate degree there as well,” said Blondin. “The agreement with Wittenberg also helps our students by providing safe and high-quality housing at an affordable rate.”
The Wittenberg housing option is open to all Clark State students enrolled for the fall 2016 semester who have completed the necessary steps to participate in the housing program. Students must complete the program application found on the Clark State website. There is no minimum GPA requirement, and students can be full- or part-time. Clark State will collect housing fees from eligible students and make payment to Wittenberg.
“While the option is open to all students, our athletes and international students demonstrate the greatest need for housing,” said Theresa Felder, vice president of student affairs and Greene Center operations for Clark State. “These students are often looking for affordable and safe housing while pursuing their education at Clark State.”
Students will be notified of acceptance into the housing program once it has been determined they have completed all the steps necessary in the application process. Clark State students will be paired with other Clark State students whenever possible. Transportation between the two campuses is not provided, however, Felder said, both campuses are on the Springfield bus route.
“This program is an extension of the positive relationship and partnership we already have with Wittenberg,” said Felder. “We currently share students with our nursing program and the housing program further supports these students as they pursue their BSN.” Felder also said the program offers other students, particularly student athletes and international students, the opportunity to live in a safe and collegial environment.
“Wittenberg values our partnership with Clark State,” said Casey Gill, dean of students at Wittenberg University. “Our housing agreement is another example of how we can work together to serve our students, institutions and the community of Springfield.”
Student rooms are available in Wittenberg University’s Ferncliff and Firestine residence halls. All rooms are double occupancy, and residents are required to be on a meal plan. Wittenberg is reserving a certain number of rooms for Clark State students. Clark State students are guaranteed a room if they apply by July 25, 2016. After that, rooms will likely still be available, but not guaranteed.