In 2017, Columbus State Community College was awarded a second National Science Foundation,
Advanced Technological Education focusing on Logistics Engineering Technology. The
is new grant will allow Columbus State to enhance the existing career pathway for
logistics engineering technicians with real-world experiential learning and to provide
program graduates with directed employment opportunities in a variety of industries.
The Logistics Engineering Technology Work Study project will replicate the successful
work study model already in place in Columbus State's manufacturing programs. The
College's NSF ATE Modern Manufacturing Work Study program is proving to be a highly successful work-study program. In their first year at Columbus
State, students enroll in a summer Advanced Automation Institute and then attend classes
on campus during the academic year. In their second year, students apply what they
have learned, working three days per week at a Central Ohio manufacturing company
while taking courses offered two days at Columbus State. A white paper detailing the development and success of the work study program has been developed.
Over the next year the project team will expand the proven work-study model to the
growing Central Ohio logistics industry and expand it to include adult underemployed,
incumbent workers and military veterans.