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December 18, 2014


A couple of small notes about next week

The Columbus State Winter/Holiday Closure starts next week, from Thursday, December 25, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015. The college reopens on Friday, January 2, 2015. Additionally, college offices will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24.

On Monday, December 22, Facilities Management will block off the accessible spaces in the 2E lot for improvements. Work will be ongoing throughout the beginning of next week and will wrap up the following week. While these spaces are blocked off, other accessible spaces are available in the 1E, 34S and 3E lots. See a parking map of campus here.

Whetstone Credits Count program ‘launches!’

The Credits Countsm program, funded by a $5 million grant from American Electric Power Foundation, will expand in 2015 to a second school—Whetstone High School.

launching shirt President David Harrison, left, helps Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good, right, and AEP Foundation President Dale Heydlauff launch Credits Count t-shirts into the audience of students. Also pictured is Whetstone principle Janet Routzong.

The program helps Columbus City Schools students earn college credit and career certifications.

The Credits Count program launched at West High School this fall and will be implemented in five Columbus City high schools over five years. The dual enrollment program allows students to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related fields.

“It was important to the AEP Foundation to create a signature program that could make a life-long impact on the lives of our young people in Columbus City Schools,” said Dale Heydlauff, president, AEP Foundation. “We are eager to see Credits Count expand to Whetstone in the coming year and witness long-term results for students.”

“The information technology pathway offered at Whetstone will provide graduates with certifications to ready them for the regional job market and reduce financial barriers for students who wish to pursue higher education,” said Kelly Hogan, Columbus State’s Executive Director of College Transitions.

“Partnerships such as this provide our students with opportunities they might not otherwise realize existed. They begin to see the connection between college and careers at a much earlier age. This is an exciting opportunity for students from middle school through high school to not only explore careers, but also make significant progress toward achieving college success,” said Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good.


Blackboard will be offline beginning Friday, December 19

Distance Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) will move Blackboard hosting from the University of Cincinnati to Blackboard-managed hosting services. Blackboard will be offline from Friday, December 19, through Wednesday, December 24. You will receive notification when Blackboard service resumes.

How classes will be affected during the downtime:

  • This move will not affect the content or functionality of courses.
  • No one will have access to courses and no one will be able to make changes or updates.
  • The Faculty Assistance Center will not be able to run course copies, create or modify organizations, or do Blackboard-related training.
  • Course copies that cannot be completed by December 18, at 5:00 p.m. will be copied after the semester break ends on January 2, 2015.

Remember, the Columbus State campus is closed from Thursday, December 25 through Thursday, January 1, 2015, so course copying may not resume until January 2, 2015.


SAC hosts Night at Blue Jackets for employees

Join the fun at the Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders game on Saturday, January 10, when Staff Advisory Council hosts Columbus State Employee Night.  All attendees will receive a free Blue Jackets hat with their ticket purchase of $33 ($40 for ticket with food voucher).  Employees will be seated on the AEP Power Level. To purchase your tickets, go to: Come watch NHL action at its finest—the Blue Jackets are on a hot streak!



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