With campuses in Springfield, Beavercreek, and Bellefontaine, Clark State Community College is one of Ohio’s leading community institutions for higher education. The school’s history dates back to 1962, when it was opened as the Springfield and Clark County Technical Education Program. It was then chartered by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1966, and became the first technical school in the state. Its name officially was changed to Clark Technical College, and by 1985, it had developed one of the broadest general education programs of any post-secondary education institution in the state of Ohio. More than 80 degrees and certificates are offered in a variety of disciplines and fields for matriculates to choose from. The school also offers continuing education courses for non-traditional students.
Many degrees are offered in areas ranging from agriculture and horticulture, to business, to social services, to engineering. Matriculates may choose from a vast array of courses, covering the essentials of a number of fields and disciplines. Students may also utilize the credit they earn here to transfer to one of Ohio’s four-year universities in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in their particular field of study. Continuing education courses for adults interested in particular areas of study are available, along with classes in business or computers to help people master skills in those areas.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Of the numerous unique programs offered, the school’s Performing Arts Center is home to some of the most popular among the student body as well as the local community. The Arts Alive program allows faculty and students to connect with the broader community through the arts; the program sponsors professional development workshops for teachers, as well as numerous events such as the Clark Community Cultural Consortium. Project Jericho is another favorite program offered through the Performing Arts Center; the program seeks to help at-risk youth and families through unique, in-depth arts experiences. This specific program was recently honored at the White House with the Coming Up Taller Award.
Students interested in attending must fill out an official application, which can be accessed online at the school’s website. The application may also be ordered by mail by contacting the Admissions Office. The school also has a helpful “New Student Checklist” available on the official website, to aid students in ensuring that their applications are complete. After filling out and returning the application, students are then encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing a FAFSA and a Financial Aid office application. These are available in paper form from the school’s financial aid office, however, they may also be downloaded in PDF form from the school’s website. For students seeking to receive credit for courses taken previously at other academic institutions, the school requires you submit an official copy of your college transcript. This will need to be sent directly from the school to the Admissions Office. All students must also complete the school’s official placement testing in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Appointments are not required and the tests are available Monday-Thursday from 10 am-7 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am-4 pm.
Students are offered flexible payment plans in order to help ensure that as many community members as possible are able to pursue a higher education, regardless of personal financial constraints. The Clark State Foundation also offers numerous privately funded scholarships for students each year. The Foundation continues to maintain strong ties with local businesses, and as a result it offers some of the most generous scholarships of any community college in the state of Ohio.
The Financial Aid Office, which is dedicated to helping matriculates to discern the best potential avenues through which they may finance their education, is open Monday-Thursday from 8 am-5:30 pm, and Friday, from 8 am-5 pm. Students at Clark State may schedule individual appointments with financial aid counselors, or may attend the weekly walk-in sessions, which are held Monday-Thursday from 10 am-12 pm, and 2-4 pm.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.
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