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These Skilled Trades degree programs are part of partnerships between area trade’s apprenticeship programs and Columbus State Community College.  Application to, and acceptance into, any of the apprenticeship programs are solely at the discretion of the apprenticeship program, and not Columbus State Community College.  The partnerships shared by the college and apprenticeship programs are primarily for the purpose of providing college level credit for apprenticeship classroom training and Pathways to Degree Completion. 

These partnerships afford an apprentice a viable pathway to obtaining a college degree from Columbus State Community College.  Most apprentices will earn as much as half of a two year degree concurrent with their registered apprenticeship experience.  Once they have completed their apprenticeship, they will have 30 or fewer credit hours of General Education and Basic Related coursework remaining to complete their Associate Degree with Columbus State Community College.

Another aspect of the college’s partnership with apprenticeships relates to our technical courses offered within our Facilities Maintenance, Welding, and HVAC programs.  There, individuals can focus on a specific trade skill such as Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, or Welding.  These courses are available as open enrollment courses allowing non-apprentice students an opportunity to both explore and/or prepare for a trade.  Because of our partnership with apprenticeships, we know what they are looking for in applicants to apprenticeship.  With that in mind, we have created several plans of study which can be completed in as little as two semesters.  While we are not able to provide a promise of acceptance into apprenticeship, history has proven students who complete the prescribed coursework with high marks are being accepted into the apprenticeship positions.  Whereas without this qualifying coursework completed, applicants are often seen as unqualified and are not being accepted into these apprenticeships.  The apprenticeship programs are looking for individuals with proof of mechanical aptitude, math skills, acceptable grammar, a working knowledge of the trade, teachability, dependability, and an earnest desire to learn.  The courses which are part of the Apprenticeship Readiness plans of study give proof to all of the above.

The plans of study reserved for our apprenticeship partners are listed below.  Participation in these Apprenticeship programs is restricted to students currently enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs offered by our industry partner trades organizations.  These courses are not available for Open Enrollment, and are not accessible on the web, as are traditional Open Enrollment courses.

Apprentices in these programs combine their apprenticeship technical skills and coursework with General Education and Basic Related courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Science, and/or Certificates in Skilled Trades, Specific to their Skilled Trade.

Partnership majors currently available include: Electrician, Carpentry, Low Volt, Millwright, Operating Engineer, Plumbing, and Sheet Metal.  Majors forthcoming include Mechanical Environmental Service Technician.

For more information, refer to this website and/or contact the Apprenticeship Coordinator, JD White at (614) 287-5211, .