Two-Year Colleges Strengthening Ohio Communities
Columbus State Community College: Choices Galore for Curious Students
The Midwestern state of Ohio, also known as the ‘Buckeye’ state, has a four-season climate with cool to cold winters and hot summer days. It ranks as the 7th most populous state in the country, and offers a range of educational opportunities in virtually any field of study imaginable. Two-year institutions prepare students for workforce entry, demonstrated by statistics showing that associate degrees holders on average earn more than many BA-holders. This is particularly true in the high-demand fields of health and engineering. Students considering two-year programs have a wealth of choices in the larger metropolitan areas of Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati or in smaller towns across the state.
Since it was founded over forty years ago, Columbus State Community College – also known as CSCC – has rapidly grown in response to demand by students and the labor market. Over 23,000 students are enrolled in coursework, primarily taking classes in one of the more than two dozen buildings located on the beautiful 80-acre campus near downtown Columbus. Some also take courses for credit or personal enrichment in CSCC off-campus suburban locations in Gahanna, Westerville, Plain City, Groveport, Delaware, Grove City, Dublin, Marysville, Southeast Columbus and Bolton Field. For students ultimately planning on four-year degrees, the Associate of Arts/Science degrees keep students on track by allowing them to fulfill the general education requirements for Ohio public colleges. Agreements with dozens of four-year institutions ensure a smooth transition for students. Other programs prepare students for direct entry into the workforce; programs of study include the fields of Health & Human Services, Business & Marketing, Computers, Hospitality, Public Services, Engineering Technologies, and Construction Services.
Over a century ago, the Lorain Business College was founded in Lorain, Ohio to prepare graduates for the growing field of business. Ownership and location changes have led to the creation of what today is known as the Ohio Business College. The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools authorizes the granting of Associate degrees to students. The school itself is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Currently, associate degree programs include Web Page Design, IT Computer or Office Support, Legal Assistant, Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, and Medical Administrative Assistant. For students interested in shorter programs, they might consider a diploma to give them the tools to work in an office setting. Certificates help individuals develop specific skills, such as advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, the Adobe program, and other IT Certifications.
This public, two-year college operates with the authority of the Ohio Board of Regents and gives students many options whether they are planning to enter the workforce, transfer, or they just want to get head in their current jobs. Over 15,000 students take classes through Cincinnati State each year for credit and in noncredit courses, taught by 180 full-time and 486 part-time faculty members. Over 75 countries are represented in the student body and more than 100 programs are offered. The academic departments are Business Technologies, Health and Public Safety, Center for Innovative Technologies, Humanities and Sciences. Programs range from less than a year to two-year degrees and include associate’s degrees as well as certificate options. The most attractive element for many students is the Cooperative Education program, as Cincinnati State has links to 800+ employers for students to pursue internships. This is one of the reasons why about 90 percent of graduates are employed within 6 months after finishing their programs.
Eastern Gateway Community College: A New Name Representing Expanded Educational Opportunities
Originally founded as the Jefferson County Technical Institute in the late 1960s and becoming Jefferson Technical College in 1977, Eastern Gateway Community College now offers classes in Jefferson County along with the counties of Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull. With some of the most affordable tuition rates in the state, EGCC currently serves over 2000 students. The academic divisions are business technologies, humanities and social sciences, engineering technologies, and health technologies and over 60 different types of programs are available. In addition to preparing students directly for the workplace, specially-designed coursework gives students the chance to complete the equivalent of the first two years of a four-year program. This allows them to smoothly transition into four-year degree programs and complete their education elsewhere.
Stark State, a public college, has a main campus located alongside Kent State University. More than 12,000 credit and 4,000 noncredit students attend classes, making it the sixth-largest of Ohio’s two-year institutions. A close relationship with four-year institutions makes it easy to transfer. Other students opt for associate degrees and certificates in over 200 majors and programs. The main fields that students select are arts and sciences, entrepreneurial studies and business, engineering technologies, information technologies, public services, and health sciences.
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