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Experiential Learning: College and Career Combined

Paid work experience. Expert classroom instruction. Industry-recognized credentials.

Information technology and advanced manufacturing are two of the fastest-growing sectors in our economy, and a two-year associate degree from Columbus State will qualify you for many career paths within those fields. You can start a rewarding career and earn your degree at the same time through two unique programs: the IT Flexible Apprenticeship and Modern Manufacturing Work Study.

Using an “earn-and-learn” model, these programs allow students to get paid work experience while earning their degree. That means you gain necessary hands-on professional experience, build your network, and earn a competitive wage to pay for college – all at the same time. Equipped with stellar faculty, industry partnerships, and modern technology, our programs are at the forefront of preparing students with the skillset they need for success in today’s job market. Employers who usually seek graduates from four-year programs want our students because our earn-and-learn approach builds the technical knowledge, leadership abilities, and soft skills they need from new hires. Pair that paid experience with our low tuition, and you’re looking at a debt-free path to an in-demand career.  

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Experiential Learning Events

Modern Manufacturing Work-Study

Our Modern Manufacturing Work-Study program allows you to start working in your field while attending classes. You’ll earn your degree, learn technical skills and professionalism, and make a competitive wage on the job to pay for college. Sign up for a half-hour info session to learn more, or attend a Manufacturing and Logistics Monday event featuring current students, alumni, and employers.

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IT Flexible Apprenticeship

Our IT Flexible Apprenticeship program allows you to start working in an IT role while attending classes. You’ll earn your degree, learn technical skills and professionalism, and make a competitive wage on the job to pay for college. Sign up for a half-hour info session to learn more about the program, or attend a Tech Tuesday event featuring current students, alumni, and employers.

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