Thousands of students have received degrees, taken courses, attended workshops and received technical training at BGSU Firelands since it opened its doors on September 25, 1968. Today, BGSU Firelands, located at One University Drive in Huron near the intersection of Ohio Route 2 and Rye Beach Road, within easy commuting distance of most communities in north-central Ohio, continues the tradition of meeting the diverse educational needs of the residents of Erie, Ottawa, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties. The opportunity for these residents to attend an institution of higher learning exists today because of the wholehearted effort of area citizens to answer a challenge by the Ohio Board of Regents. In November 1964, citizens of The Firelands learned that the Ohio Board of Regents had included Sandusky in a list of recommended cities for a university branch. If a capital improvement bond issue sponsored by Governor James A. Rhodes were to be passed, $7.5 million would be designated for permanent branch campuses in four areas of the state, including Sandusky.