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Skilled Trades

April Hankinson

April Hankinson

"... to actually get out there and learn these applications, you learn so much more that way."

Skilled Trades offers education in Construction Trades, Carpentry, Electrical Work, Plumbing, and Welding. These courses are ideal for students who think they might be interested in a skilled trade, those interested in the growing field of facilities maintenance, or who want to develop skills for their own personal enrichment.

The department offers two kinds of courses: Open enrollment courses and partnership courses. Open enrollment courses are available to anyone enrolled at Columbus State. Partnership courses are limited to students in a recognized apprenticeship program with one of our many employer partners.


The department collaborates with local industry partners to custom build certificate and/or degree programs that will best meet their educational and training needs. These programs can include employer-specific courses as well as integration of their employees into mainstream college coursework.

The goal of this initiative is to meet all of the educational and training needs of employers at all levels within their organization. These partnerships actively involve local employers in the educational process, including recruiting, selection, curriculum development, related work experience, and final placement.