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$3.1 Million Health Careers Grant

Campus News | Friday, September 14, 2018

Columbus State Community College has won a $3.1 million U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant to increase the number of economically and educationally disadvantaged Central Ohio students entering health-related care fields.

HRSA LogoThe college’s Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) has a goal within the next five years to place 1,125 students into allied health care education pathways serving students from Columbus City, South-Western City, and Whitehall City schools, as well as undergraduates and adult/nontraditional students.

Selected students will be eligible for mentoring, counseling, and pre-college assistance along with career, academic, and financial aid advising. Workshops will provide guidance on applying for federal financial aid, scholarships and essay writing. Rising high school seniors will be able to take part in a special immersive HCOP Summer Camp at Ohio University.

Students considered economically disadvantaged will come from a family with a low-income level. Participants considered educationally disadvantaged are first-generation college students or students in a high school with a low graduation rate.

Terrence Brown, Chairperson of Veterinary Imaging and Surgical Technology Programs and a former HCOP participant says, “There has been an enrollment decline in allied health programs for the past few years. HCOP will not only boost enrollment but also improve the diversity of the students in those programs.”

Grant partners include The Ohio State University’s Department of Neuroscience, Otterbein University, Ohio University, YWCA Columbus, Faith Mission, Columbus City Schools, Whitehall City Schools and South-Western City Schools.

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