Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers a variety of programs intended to help students broaden their educational and career prospects. The school has a balance of career prep programs for students hoping to improve their employment chances as well as academic programs for students who want to get their feet wet at a community college before transferring to a four-year school.
The college prides itself on offering “real world academics,” or courses and programs of study that have practical applications in the chosen career field. The college offers more than 100 associate’s degrees and certificates in a variety of fields.
Popular Programs and Majors
Perhaps the best known programs at the college are its business and engineering programs, but a variety of other quality courses of study, including a culinary school, health programs, police and fire training and more. Popular majors include:
- Engineering Technologies: 22 percent of enrollment
- Health Professions: 21 percent of enrollment
- Business/Marketing: 17 percent of enrollment
- Liberal Arts: 16 percent of enrollment
- Personal and Miscellaneous Services: 7 percent of enrollment
- Family and Consumer Sciences: 5 percent of enrollment
Nearly 90 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation and 85 percent of grads work in their major, 10 points higher than the national average.
Cooperative education is a large part of the educational process here, and many students are placed in internship/apprenticeship programs to help them gain real-world experience in their field. The college has one of the largest co-op programs in the U.S. Although the college is fairly large, it attempts to keep class sizes small. Ninety percent of classes have fewer than 30 students.
About 10 percent of all the college’s courses are now offered online.
The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are open, however some programs such as the health technology program have prerequisites that students must meet before admittance.
Students will need to submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores along with their application. Students may also be asked to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.
Students applying to CSTCC are eligible for federal grants and student loans. Students may also be eligible for a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college itself, and other outside organizations. About 70 percent of students receive financial aid.
Student Financial Aid Details
There are more than 10,000 students enrolled at any given time. The student body is predominately white, however there is a sizable contingent of African-American students. Like most colleges, the student body is majority female (53 percent). The average age of students is 25, and 52 percent of students are older than 25. There are more than 30 student clubs and organizations, including professional and academic groups, political organizations and recreational groups, such as the Cincinnati State Gamers.
The college provides fitness facilities for students, including a pool, sauna, exercise equipment facilities and more. The campus has a police force and also has a variety of technological tools to fight campus crime, including security lighting and cameras. Smoking is banned on campus.
The college has a variety of dining options, including a bakery, two cafes, a restaurant run by culinary students and catering services. For students with families, the college provides a daycare at its Cincinnati campus for children ages 3 months to 10 years.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The college is a member of the NJCCA and participates in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. The athletics department offers men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and golf. Teams are known as the Surge. School colors are green and white.
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