Business support, training, and partnerships that strengthen the region
Columbus State serves as a trusted business partner for employers in the region. Qualified workers are in short supply in growing industries, and many stable, lucrative careers can be launched with an associate degree or industry-recognized certificate. Columbus State is working to bridge the gap between what students learn and the skills employers need by collaborating with industry partners to create relevant programs and career pathways.
Columbus State is working with local and national leaders in IT, manufacturing, and other growing industries to develop programs and degrees aimed at meeting workforce needs and giving students the opportunity to access high-paying careers.
Columbus State is working with AWS Academy to offer professional development programs designed to build cloud skills and credentials.
Apple named Columbus State as one of six community colleges in the nation to develop and teach courses on Apple's Swift programming language. The yearlong curriculum was designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, Apple's open-source programming language used to build apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Apple also recognized IT excellence at Columbus State by designating the College as an Apple Distinguished Program.
Columbus State has partnered with Heartland BancCorp to introduce the new Certificate of Banking Fundamentals. Students develop in-demand skills and get ready for a job with on-site internships. In the two-semester certificate program, students take targeted classes such as Principles of Business, Customer Service and Sales, Personal Finance, Negotiation, Principles of Banking, Business Ethics and more. Program graduates can later apply the certificate toward an associate degree at Columbus State or a bachelor's degree at a four-year college.
Columbus State and Huntington have teamed up to help the bank's colleagues get new skills to help the company and enhance their careers.
The Modern Manufacturing Work-Study program allows students to start earning college
credit in high school before entering the Electro-Mechanical Engineering major, where
they gain experience in the classroom and on the job. After two semesters at Columbus
State, students are placed within a partner company as a work-study student. Over the course of the three following
semesters, students attend class two days per week and work three days per week. This
unique program helps employers access a pipeline of qualified technicians, and helps
students prepare for immediate employment after graduation with minimal student debt.
The Credits Count initiative, led by Columbus State, is part of a $5 million grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to engage middle and high school students in STEM subjects. The program provides dual-enrollment pathways that lead to students earning college credits that will count toward a certification or college degree in a STEM-related field.