Experiential Learning at Columbus State
Many of the degree programs at a college or university require students to complete a practicum and seminar course, also often called an academic internship, or (and in some academic programs in addition to) a capstone course. Students generally participate in an academic internship for one semester. Internships can be paid or include some other form of compensation, and some internship opportunities are unpaid. Internships are often completed by students simply to gain experience in their related field rather than for academic credit or financial compensation.
Columbus State Experiential Learning Programs such as the IT Flexible Apprenticeship and Modern Manufacturing Work-Study enable students to dive into their careers and gain valuable work experience earning competitive pay at the same time they are completing their degree and/or industry-recognized credential. This makes program graduates' resumes highly marketable to employers not just across the state, but across the entire nation.
Columbus State Community College's employer partners are searching for talented professionals that have the technical know-how, critical soft skills, entrepreneurial mindsets, and collaborative abilities to join their teams. Equipped with stellar faculty, valuable industry partnerships, and modern technology, Columbus State's experiential learning programs prepare students for the rewarding careers of tomorrow's job market, today!
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Join us for an upcoming event where you can learn more about the Modern Manufacturing Work-Study and/or IT Flexible Apprenticeship programs!
Upcoming Events for Prospective 2021-2022 Program Applicants:
Watch a Recent Event
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Original Event Date: February 3, 2021
Original Event Date: February 1, 2021
Original Event Date: October 19, 2020
Experiential Learning Contacts for Students
Experiential Learning Contact for Employers
David Cofer, Interim Director of Employer Engagement & Experiential Learning
If you are an employer who has an interest in participating in the flexible apprenticeship
and/or work-study programs described above, please contact Dave Cofer.
You can reach Dave by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (614) 287-5843.
To further meet talent needs beyond these open enrollment programs, Columbus State works with Central Ohio employers to upskill their existing workforce through academic programming hosted at their workplace. These programs increase educational access for the incumbent workforce and can often involve the employer sponsoring a portion of the costs and fees. In addition to connecting with external partners, experiential learning programs also partner with many internal offices on campus, including the Grants Office, Career Services, Advising, departmental faculty, and many others, to provide holistic support and guidance for students through every step of their journey - from program entry, through credential completion, and into career placement!