College to name skilled trades center after President Hayes
As part of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums’ centennial celebration, Terra State Community College will be naming a building in the former president’s honor.
The Terra State board of trustees last week approved a proclamation dedicating the Rutherford B. Hayes Skilled Trades Center. The building, which houses the HVAC-R, automotive and welding programs, as well as computer labs and classrooms, opened in 2010.
According to Terra State president Dr. Jerome Webster, the trustees wanted to do something that would honor President Rutherford Hayes in celebration of the centennial.
“The naming of a building was suggested, and the trustees, along with (director) Christie Weininger from the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, were very excited to do this,” Webster said.
Upon further investigation, the Skilled Trades Center became the clear choice. Hayes wrote in his diary, dated March 11, 1892, that he believed, “To make the boy equal to his fellows, let him be taught to make a living with the skilled labor of his hands.”
Hayes devoted his post-presidential years to educational issues, Webster said.
“He believed that manual training would help all people achieve better lives,” he added. “He believed that learning a trade should be part of a collegiate education.”
The Hayes Presidential Library and Museums will be celebrating its 100thanniversary with a variety of events during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Terra State is making plans to dedicate the Rutherford B. Hayes Skilled Trades Center with a ceremony on Memorial Day, May 30.