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2012 Awards

FY 2012
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

June 2012: Total = $145,624.60

  • The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Motorcycle Ohio Program has awarded $92,631.60 for motorcycle safety training programs through June 30, 2013. Under the direction of Tracy Lamar-Nickoli, Business and Industry, the program offers Basic, Returning, and Advanced Rider courses.
  • Carol Higgins, Transitional Workforce, will implement the OTAP Summer Youth Intern project with $52,993 in funding from the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC). Youth and young adults, ages 18 to 24, will build "green" projects for two community agencies while learning skills in the trades.

May 2012: Total  = $1,547,180 

  • Columbus State received $110,000 from the State of Ohio Department of Development that the Small Business Development Center at CSCC will use to provide assistance and support to small businesses with a focus on manufacturing and technology. Known as MTSBDC, the program is under the direction of Michael Bowers and Jeff Schick.
  • The Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association has awarded Columbus State a Step-Up to Quality Achievement Award for the Child Development Center. Jennifer Perkins, director, and her staff will spend $38,500 to buy toys, learning resources, craft materials, and crib safety devices.
  • The U.S. Department of Education's TRiO Office has awarded continued funding for the CSCC Upward Bound program. Stephanie Albrecht and staff will spend $1,398,680 over the next five years to assist 68 students with intense services and strategies to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college students who successfully pursue and complete postsecondary education.

April 2012: Total = $141,683 

  • Columbus State received an award of $1,500 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety for a motorcycle rider safety and education awareness program. Tracy LaMar-Nickoli, in the Center for Workforce Development, will implement the program.
  • TechColumbus awarded $50,000 to Columbus State for TECHSTART, Central Ohio's technology entrepreneurial assistance program. The Small Business Development Center, led by Michael Bowers, will use the funds to market and promote TECHSTART to entrepreneurs in a nine-county area.
  • Columbus State was awarded $76,328 from Columbus City Schools for the Early College High School program with Africentric High School. Federally funded through Ohio's Race to the Top education reform initiative, funds will be used for outreach, improved student learning, success for college-bound students, and professional development for Africentric teachers. Karen Gray, director of Dual Enrollment, will coordinate the project.
  • The State Library of Ohio has awarded $13,885 in federal funds to Columbus State to incorporate mobile technology to improve library access, resources, and support to students at the Delaware Campus. Mobile devices will increase students' access to library resources in the wireless environment while resource apps will support classroom instruction and expand and enhance student learning. Bruce Massis, director of the ERC, will serve as the project coordinator.

March 2012: Total = $304,500

  • The Ohio Department of Development has awarded $304,500 for the Small Business Development Center at CSCC. Along with $38,500 in state funding, this federal award funds the core functions of SBDC including SBDC Latino and the Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, also at CSCC.

February 2012: Total = $66,665

  • The Columbus State Community College Foundation received $6,665 from Gap, Inc. for the project, Gap Job Skills for America's Future. This program will help to prepare CSCC students for the workforce through on-campus and in-store learning. Gap Inc. employees will facilitate workshops and facilitate job shadowing assignments in Gap stores. Led by Shane Kirby, Integrated Media and Technology, award funds will be used for scholarships to cover internship experiences.
  • The Ohio Department of Development has awarded $60,000 for the Small Business Development Center at CSCC to implement the International Trade Assistance Center. Michael Bowers, director of SBDC, will lead the program of assistance for new-to-export businesses as well as those businesses expanding into new international areas. The award represents $30,000 from the State of Ohio as well as $30,000 in federal funds.

January 2012: Total = $149,936

  • Tracy Lamar-Nickoli will implement Motorcycle Ohio, a motorcycle safety and education training program, through June 30, 2012 with $44,936 in funding from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.       
  • The Small Business Development Center at CSCC, directed by Michael Bowers, will implement the Entrepreneurship Project Pilot Program with the Rehabilitative Service Commission of Ohio through September 30, 2012.  $90,000 in funds will be used for outreach and technical assistance to support and coach Ohio’s disabled population in exploring and understanding the proper steps to start, sustain, and grow a business venture.
  • Additionally, the Small Business Development Center at CSCC has received $15,000 from Licking County to provide services there through September 30, 2012.  In addition to the funds, Licking County provides the satellite office location.

December 2011: Total = $63,500

  • The Small Business Development Center at Columbus State, directed by Michael Bowers, has received $38,500 in State of Ohio funding toward its overall 2012 Core Program. Additional federal funds will be awarded upon their approval and release by Congress. The SBDC Core funds support its work in the Small Business Development Center, Manufacturing Technology SBDC, and the International Trade Assistance Center.
  • The Gap Foundation has awarded $25,000 to the Columbus State Foundation for the Gap MEE (Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment) project, led by Stephanie Albrecht, Project Coordinator for the TRiO Educational Talent Search program. Gap MEE provides participants with a summer program focused on career exploration and skills development for employment, professional performance, productivity, and retention in the workplace. This is the third award from the Gap Foundation for this project.