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Ohio CSC formed to provide benefit for public agencies

UPublish story by Robert P. Alexander

In actions this past week, the boards of directors of the Tri Rivers Education Computer Association (TRECA) and Northwest Ohio Computer Association (NWOCA) authorized creation of a collaborative shared service and resource center that will increase and strengthen quality service options for customers; improve operational efficiency; reduce costs of operation and administration; improve revenue opportunities and strengthen performance capacity while retaining flexibility in their individual operations to tailor programs to best meet their core member needs.

TRECA and NBEC/NWOCA senior management describe the venture, the Ohio Collaborative Services Consortium, or the Ohio CSC, as a combined service management and delivery center that will allow the organizations to:

1. Combine their individual resources to broaden markets and strengthen service to members;

2. Expand markets and broaden service portfolios;

3. Improve efficiency and effectiveness of operation and;

4. Offer an operational structure open to participation by other educational and public service organizations.

Together TRECA and NBEC/NWOCA currently provide services to 86 school districts and an additional 99 public and non-public school agencies that instruct over 244,600 students in Northwest, Central and Southwestern Ohio.

“Combining resources and service delivery with an organization that shares our focus on customer service and offers high quality assets and products that complement our own is a logical strategy for strengthening our business structure and improving our portfolio of services to members and customers” said Mike Carder, CEO of Tri Rivers Educational Computer Association.

“The creation of the Ohio CSC will allow us to bring additional resources and services to our member base, to focus on our core strengths and to expand our market reach. This shared service; shared resource approach will allow us to best leverage the public resources we have been provided and is absolutely the most effective and responsible way to serve our customers” stated Marc Robinson, Executive Director of the Northern Buckeye Educational Council/Northwest Ohio Computer Association.

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The Tri Rivers Educational Computer Association ( is a nonprofit Information Technology Center within the Ohio Education Computer Network organized as a regional council of governments comprised of public school districts from across the state. TRECA currently has educational business markets in forty states and eight countries.

The Northwest Ohio Computer Association ( is a nonprofit Information Technology Center within the Ohio Education Computer Network that is owned and operated by the Northern Buckeye Education Council (NBEC).


The TRECA and NWOCA employees are committed to the core business ingredients of innovation, creativity and broadening our selection of critical services to help schools navigate the financial, educational, and growing demands of successful next-generation teaching and learning environments.

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