Edison State Community College (ESCC) is a small enrollment school located in Ohio. Courses are offered at two campuses, the main campus in Piqua and the Darke County Campus in Greenville. Indiana residents of counties near Darke County can attend without having to pay higher out-of-state tuition.
The college offers solid academic and career technical programs. Students can count on using up-to-date computer and Internet technology in their studies.
Like many community colleges nationwide, the college is seeing enrollment grow as a result of tough economic conditions. More students are choosing community college as an affordable option to complete their early college education, and many displaced workers are returning to school to earn new skills to retool for a new career field and better opportunities.
Edison State General and Technical College was established in 1973. By 1977, the scope and mission of the college had expanded, and the college was renamed Edison State Community College. Today, most people call the college Edison Community College. Since its founding, it has grown from about 300 students to more than 3,000.
The college offers career and academic classes, with academic courses of study appear to be the college’s strong suit. The college offers more than 30 associate’s degree programs that can help community college students easily transition to a four-year university when they’re ready.
Altogether, the college offers more than 90 associate and career technical programs. Like many community colleges, Edison enjoys the benefit of a small student to teacher ratio. The student to teacher ratio is as low as eighteen to one, providing students ample opportunity for individualized support and mentoring from instructors. The school has a student retention rate of over 50 percent.
High school students can take advantage of the college’s dual enrollment program, which allows them to take college courses and receive high school and college credit simultaneously. About one-fifth of all students are dual enrollment students.
Edison is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.
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The college has an open admissions policy, meaning that any student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted. Some programs offered at the college, such as the medical assistant, phlebotomy, registered nursing, physical therapist assistant and medical laboratory technician programs, may have prerequisite coursework and ACT test score requirements. Students may be asked to take the COMPASS placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.
The school has a rolling admissions deadline, but students applying for financial aid should turn in their documentation by the beginning of May. Along with their application, students should complete the FAFSA and turn in high school transcripts and test scores.
Students applying are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college itself, and other outside organizations that students qualify for.
For example, students may be eligible for the Choose Ohio First scholarship, which awards funds to students who plan to become educators in math and science-based fields and work in Ohio. The college’s official website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and other programs, such as short-term loans, that students can use to finance their education.
The college’s office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 65 percent of their students receive financial aid of some type.
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Edison State Community College enrolls more than 3,000 students. The college is predominately white and women make up the majority of the student population at ESCC, accounting for more than 60 percent of the student body. The average student age at ESCC is 26 and more than 45 percent of ESCC students are 25 or older.
The college has a handful of clubs and organizations, including professional and academic, religious and recreational organizations. A child care center is available for students who are parents. The center provides care for students aged 3-9 and has a 10 to 1 child to teacher ratio. Children in the center receive a challenging curriculum intended to prepare them for success in school.
Edison also has a student health center capable of helping students with routine health issues.
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They are a member of the NJCCA and participates in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. Their teams are known as the Chargers, with the following sports being offered; men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
A unique athletic offering of the school is a disc golf course located on campus.
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