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Columbus State celebrates the role of the community college in readying students for Ohio’s in-demand careers

Campus News | Monday, April 26, 2021

Virtual events May 3-7 align with the state’s In-Demand Jobs Week commemoration

Columbus State Community College is partnering with schools, universities and employers during Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week May 3-7 to showcase pathways to affordable, quality education that leads to good jobs and careers.

In-Demand Jobs Week is the statewide celebration of the jobs, industries, and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Community leaders statewide partner in planning engaging virtual events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers. Columbus State will host a slate of virtual events to help connect students and job-seekers with career and academic pathways to degree and certificate programs that prepare them for successful careers.

“There’s tremendous opportunity in Columbus for people who have the right education, training and job skills to access well-paying jobs in growing career fields,” Columbus State President David Harrison said. “By providing innovative pathways to debt-free, high-quality degrees and certificates, Columbus State helps drive the region’s economy and cultivate a talented workforce. We’re glad to work with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and community partners to help parents, students, and job-seekers see what’s possible and access opportunities that will improve their lives and strengthen our region.”

“In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity for businesses to highlight the abundance of great jobs available and to show how students have ready access to the resources they need to start their career path,” Lt. Gov. Husted said. “Ohio has a rapidly growing supply of higher-paying, in-demand jobs, and businesses are eager to hire people with the right kinds of skills.”

Cohosted with education and industry partners, Columbus State’s events will:

  • Demonstrate students’ job skills in IT and manufacturing
  • Help parents of middle- and high-school students explore in-demand career paths with their kids before graduation
  • Invite open conversation about the opportunities and need for diversity in tech fields.

Columbus State’s In-Demand Jobs Week events are free and open to the public. Registration is required, and links for all events are available at

Monday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Student Careers After High School: Getting Them to the Next Steps

Engaging Grades 8-10 Children, Monday, May 3

Engaging Grades 11-12 Teens, Wednesday, May 5

Columbus State and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio are teaming up to offer parents of Central Ohio high school students valuable insights into education opportunities that start now so kids are on track to enter a career field with opportunity for advancement and good earnings potential. We'll explore pathways in:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts
  • Information Technology
  • Health Care

    These careers offer an opportunity for students to pick a path that aligns with their interests – setting up a journey that can mean no college, some college, an associate degree, or a four-year degree. Experts from Central Ohio in-demand employers will join Columbus State and ESC professionals to provide the latest information on how parents and guardians can help teens get excited about pursuing a career with lasting impact. 

Thursday, May 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
In-Demand Jobs: Diversity & Opportunities in Technology Fields, with remarks from Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Columbus State President David Harrison

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects computer and information technology occupations will grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, well above the average growth rate for all occupations. Employers are looking for diverse, career-ready employees with the education and job skills that will give them a competitive advantage.

This event will explore exciting opportunities in the high-demand fields of computer science and information technology, and the Columbus State degree and certificate programs that prepare students for success in those fields. Learn about Columbus State’s career-oriented IT Flexible Apprenticeship, and hear from diverse industry panelists from across Central Ohio as they share their experiences, knowledge, and advice for those getting started.

The panel discussion, moderated by Columbus State student Garrett Braxton, will include:

Jermaine Henson, vice president of application development, Nationwide
Errica Rivera, director of talent acquisition, State Auto Insurance
Doug McCollough, Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin
Tammy Murray, software engineer, Accenture
Toni Cunningham, managing director, Per Scholas
Carla Easley, director of operations, TECH CORPS
Branden Jones, co-founder and entrepreneur, BLK Hack
Lorena Ritchey, vice president of customer service and billing IT, Nationwide

Additional resources
In addition to these featured events, the 2021 In-Demand Jobs Week at Columbus State will also promote resources for those who have been displaced as a result of the pandemic or desire a career change, including resources for adults who have been away from the classroom for a while, and details on short-term certificate programs designed to help working professions, or the recently unemployed, advance their careers or start a new one.

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