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Student Success Workshops

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Research shows that students who get involved in college activities and connect with student resources are more likely to have a successfull college experience. At Columbus State, we provide a number of programs and services to help you prepare for academic and career success.

Our series of Student Success Workshops, held during the first four weeks of each semester, are a great way to learn new success strategies and connect to College resources dedicated to help you meet your education goals. Join us for any of the live virtual workshops listed below, or log on any time 24/7 to attend on-demand online workshops.


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TRIO SSS Information Sessions

Are you a first generation college student?  Do you receive a federal Pell Grant?  Do you think you could benefit from having a team of professionals looking out for you and  helping you with registration, financial aid and the transfer process?  If so, check out one of this TRIO SSS Information Sessions for more information.  TRIO SSS staff will talk about the services the program provides and will walk you through the application process.  

Click on each session to join in Microsoft Teams

Thur. Jan 21, 2-3 p.m.

Wed. Jan 27, 11 a.m.-noon

Tues. Feb 2, 10-11 a.m.

Mon. Feb 8, 2-3 p.m.

Career Services: Your Secret to Student Success

Join us for a Facebook Live student student panel to discover how participating in a variety of services has contributed to their academic and career success. We'll help you connect to resources to network with professionals, build your professional communication skills, and stand out in the crowd. Plus, you'll learn how to collaborate with our career counselors, and leverage Career Services programs to achieve success at Columbus State and beyond.


Tues. Feb 2, noon-1 p.m. 

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Career Exploration Programs Overview 

Learn about how Career Services can help you to connect with employers and alumni to help with your career decision-making, networking, and job/internship search through the Exploration Programs at Columbus State. For information, contact Amy Hawkins or join us for the Overview on January 21.

Thur.  Jan 21, 1-2 p.m.

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Counseling Services Call-In Hours

Call 614-287-2818 during Call-In Hours to talk to a licensed mental health counselor. 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 
Jan. 19-Feb. 11
Call 614-287-2818

Blackboard Virtual Support

Blackboard virtual drop-in labs and tutorial videos

If you need help learning Blackboard, the Information Technology (IT) Division has resources and support available. Blackboard virtual drop-in labs are available for students and will be held online in Zoom.

You will need to register in advance, and can join anytime during your chosen session. At the start of each hour, IT staff will provide a brief overview of how to access course materials and general tips for success in online courses. Following the overview, individual questions will be addressed on a first come, first served basis.  

Jan. 19-29
Sessions start each hour
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 -5 p.m.

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Just for College Credit Plus (CCP) Students

CCP Connect

Advisor Meet & Greet  - Mon. Feb 8 thru Fri. Feb 12 (individual advisor sessions)

TikTok: Time’s Up - Weds. Feb 24

Communicate Like a Pro - Weds. March 10 

Facetime with Faculty - Weds. March 24 

Future Plans: Transfer Tactics - Weds. April 7 

Future Plans: Continue at CSCC - Weds. April 15 

Ask an Alum - Weds. April 21 

Finish Line Frenzy - Weds. May 5 

Advisor Meet & Greet
Mon, Feb 8
Click here for individual advisor meet & greet times


All other sessions
Wednesdays @ noon - 1 p.m.
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Online, On-Demand Workshops

Log in anytime to view workshops and videos on a variety of topics to help you excel in all areas of your life, including:

10 Tips for Success in Online Courses

Exploring Careers and Majors

Achieving Well-Being, Balance, and Success

Discover Your Learning Style

Exam Preparation Tips and Test-Taking Strategies

Creating your College Bucket List: Explore, Experience, Succeed

How to Overcome Math Anxiety

Mastering the Job Interview

How to Develop Cross-Cultural Skills

Many other topics!

Available on-demand 24/7

Log in with your CState username and password

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Online, On-Demand Workshops


Additional Resources

Pre-Semester Checklist

Designed to help you prepare for online classes, the checklist will make sure that you are prepped and ready to navigate the technology you will use while you are learning online at Columbus State.

Pre-Semester Checklist

Faculty Office Hours and Personal Appointments

Faculty office hours are a time for you to drop in to ask questions and get advice or information. Even in the virtual environment, many faculty members have hours set aside to welcome students seeking more explanation about topics discussed in class or assistance with assignments.

Talking with your instructors one-on-one during virtual or in-person office hours is a great way to make a personal connection and gain the understanding you need for academic success. And your instructors appreciate knowing you care about the course and are making the extra effort!

Each faculty member establishes their own schedule, so check the syllabus and your instructor's welcome announcement in all of your classes for information on setting up appointments or dropping in to office hours.

Student Resources 

For a complete list and links to all student resources, visit

Help with Food, Finances, Housing And Safety

CState Cares is our umbrella for the wraparound human services at Columbus State. Our mission is to improve academic outcomes by moving students to financial stability and economic mobility. Visit to find out more.

Financial Wellness Videos On Demand

Click the button below to view videos on a variety of financial wellness topics.