Located in the Ohio community of Hillsboro, towards the southern border of the state in Highland County, Southern State Community College is a two-year college which was originally founded in 1975 under the name of Southern State General and Technical College, changing its name to the present form by 1977. The school offers its students the opportunity to receive certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees either on its main campus in Hillsboro or else on one of its four outreach campuses, located in the neighboring Adams, Fayette, Clinton and Brown counties (which make up the community college district).
Southern State Community College’s academic accreditation is granted by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As of 2006, the school received the maximum timeframe (10 years) for the extension of its accreditation, a significant and telling sign of the school’s solid level.
Individual programs of study at Southern State Community College may also receive accreditation from competent bodies: for example, the school’s Medical Assisting Technology Program is formally recognized by the Allied Health Education Program; the Emergency Medical Services Program enjoys formal accreditation from the Division of Medical Services, Ohio Department of Public Safety; and the school’s Registered Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing as well as the Ohio Board of Nursing.
As evidenced by the examples given above, the school has a particularly solid reputation in the area of nursing and emergency medicine, as well as medical administration. The Registered Nursing Program mentioned above is constantly the most in-demand program among the student body.
Broadly speaking, the school confers the following academic degrees: Associate of Applied Business, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Studies, Associate of Science (available in transfer module), and Associate of Arts (also available in transfer module). The certificate programs available at the school cover seven different areas of study: Pharmacy Technician, Office Services, Data-Information Processing, Medical Transcription, Horticulture, Practical Nursing, and Phlebotomy. A limited number of distance learning opportunities are available at Southern State Community College.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The admissions process at Southern State Community College is significantly simpler than that of even many other community colleges, and students don’t need to worry about meeting any minimal GPA or testing requirements. The process simply entails filling out and submitting the application form and taking the college placement test to help determine the student’s level of academic skills in critical areas such as math, reading and writing. Pursuant to the school’s open admissions policy, all qualified students are accepted at Southern State Community College; however, due to space limitations or the particular nature of individual study programs, acceptance to the school does not necessarily guarantee acceptance into a given program, as this is determined by the pertinent academic department.
Financial aid distribution is at fifty-nine percent scholarships per grants and forty-one percent loans per jobs. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics, Art, Music/Drama and Athletics. Financial aid forms are FAFSA and Institution’s own financial aid form. Likewise, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Art, Music/Drama and Athletics. Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school.
Students at Southern State Community College will find that there are numerous different clubs and organizations operating on-campus which they will have the opportunity of participating in to make their college experience more fulfilling. A token sampling of such groups at the school would include the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Students in Action, and the Student Government body.
Southern State Community College does not have any student housing facilities at any of its campuses, meaning that they are all commuter campuses. The student body in a typical academic semester reaches approximately 2,500 students, of whom approximately 35% are enrolled on a part-time basis; the male to female ratio if approximately 1 to 2.
The school has high numbers of students receiving financial aid of one sort or another, with nearly 80% receiving federal grants and over 50% receiving institutional grants.
Student Enrollment Demographics
All of Southern State Community College’s athletics teams, collectively known as the Patriots, compete in the state’s Community College Athletic Conference that includes nine other two-year colleges; the school also competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II, and athletic scholarships are available for students competing at this level.
The school’s teams include men’s soccer and basketball as well as women’s softball, basketball and volleyball. Separately, Southern State Community College has a men’s baseball team which competes at the club level.
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