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CSCC Awarded 11.5M for College and Career Readiness

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott CSCC Awarded 11.5M for College and Career ReadinessPhoto via CSCC.
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There’s some good news for parents in central Ohio: opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school are about to expand.

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) was just awarded 11.5 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and enhance college and career readiness. Typically, college and career readiness programs permit students to enroll in college classes and earn college credit while still in high school.

The college’s proposal competed against 400 other proposals for federal funding. Of the thirteen that earned an award, CSCC was the only community college and the only Ohio institution to receive funding. Grant recipients were required to secure matching private funds, the press release mentions AEP and JP Morgan Chase as being partners in the project.

Many local secondary students are already taking college classes through Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program. Columbus City Schools website touts 310 students in dual enrollment programs last year. College Credit Plus, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education, permitted students to enroll in courses at participating higher education institutions without the cost of tuition, books or fees. However, as noted on the program’s website, “The demand for state funding to underwrite the cost of College Credit Plus tuition far exceeded the supply of available funds.”

“The grant builds on existing work of the Central Ohio Compact and through the State’s Straight A and College Credit Plus, AEP Credits Counts and JP Morgan Chase’s New Skills At Work programs,” explained Stephen Dackin, Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships at CSCC. “The federal grant supports enhanced collaboration between high school and college faculty to build a more seamless transition between high school and college course work. In addition, the grant will expand resources for students in the areas of career advising and academic supports to help ensure students can be successful in those courses in pursuit of their career goals.”

Dackin added that while educators at both the college and school districts are currently developing plans as to what types of classes and programs will be eligible, he said that the school has some specific goals set, including the inclusion of 10,000 students from participating schools, a five percent increase in students taking and passing college prep courses, a five percent reduction in dropout rates, and a 90 percent rate of high schoolers graduating with some level of college credit.

“As I shared at the recent State of the District, our schools now offer 91 different pathways for students to earn post-secondary credit,” said Dr. Dan Good, Superintendent of Columbus City Schools. “In the coming year, we want a greater number of opportunities launched and partnerships made so that even more students can earn college credit, graduate with a credential or license in hand, or embark on a pathway to an apprenticeship in skilled labor. We have a remarkable partner in Columbus State. We are thrilled that more of our students will be able to earn college credits while in high school but more importantly that they will have the support and resources needed to be successful.”

For more information, visit www.cscc.edu.

Update: Additional information and clarification added to the story from CSCC and CCS at 6:00pm.

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