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January 25, 2016


$11.5 million federal grant could reach 10,000 high school students

students in lab

As President Harrison noted at the December First Wednesday meeting, Columbus State will receive an $11.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the department’s “Investing in Innovation (i3)” competition. The grant will fund a dramatic expansion of programs designed to enhance college and career readiness.

College and career readiness programs allow students to take college courses and earn college credits while in high school. Programs incorporate professional development and support services to help students succeed.

The i3-funded project, titled “Central Ohio Partnership for College and Career Readiness Expansion,” could eventually impact more than 10,000 students in seven school districts: Columbus, Groveport Madison, Hamilton Local, Licking Heights, Reynoldsburg, South-Western and Whitehall.


More than 400 applications were submitted for the funding, 13 of which were chosen to share in the i3 program’s $113 million fund. Columbus State was the only community college and only Ohio entity selected for funding. “Building on the work of the Central Ohio Compact, this funding will go a long way to prepare high school students for the rigors of college work and the workplace,” said Steve Dackin, Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships at Columbus State. “A more educated workforce is a win-win for all of Central Ohio.”

Grant recipients were required to secure matching private sector funding in order to receive grant funds. Columbus State’s corporate partners, whose commitment to readiness has already had a positive impact in Central Ohio, made identifying matching funds a simple formality. “Central Ohio does public-private partnerships better than any region in the country,” said President Harrison. “Our partners at AEP and JPMorgan Chase have led by example in this regard.”

Other essential partners on the project will include Jobs for the Future, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, Metro Early College High School and the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Thurgood Marshall lecture series starts today!


Thurgood Marshall, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall exhibit currently featured in the Library, several faculty members will offer lectures on topics in history, race relations and some of the issues Marshall faced during his celebrated court cases, beginning today at noon.

Today’s lecture will be Professor Marilyn Howard presenting “What is Race?” The lecture begins at noon in the Multimedia Studio on the first floor of the Library.

On Monday, February 1, Social Sciences faculty Adam Moskowitz and Irene Petten will present “Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System.”  On Monday, February 8, Jennifer Nardone will lecture on “The Southern Reaction to Brown v. Board of Education (1954), and on Monday, February 15, Eric Neubauer, professor in Social Sciences, will speak on “Segregated Housing in the North.”  The final lecture on Monday, February 29, will be presented by Professor Bob Fitrakis, who will speak about “The Assault on Voting Rights in America.”  All lectures will be held at 12:00 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio.

The Library’s Film Series also continues after the holidays and will run through January 26, featuring documentaries and movies such as “Separate and Unequal/Middle School Movement” (2014), and “Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP” (2014).


Two emergency blood drives to be held

The Red Cross has an emergency need for donors of all blood types to give now and help save patient lives. Recent severe winter weather in some parts of the country forced the cancellation of numerous blood drives, further depleting an already low winter supply.

A Blood Drive will be held today, January 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge. Another Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, January 28, also from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the NH West Lounge.

Your donation may help patients close to home or in areas where donors are unable to give because of inclement weather. As always, blood type O, the universal blood type, plus A negative and B negative are the most in need.


Self-Defense workshops offered during the semester

Join the Recreation and Wellness Department for a free Self-Defense Workshop, offered throughout the spring semester. The workshops are open to all students and employees, and focus on environmental awareness, as well as basic self-defense strategies and skills to empower and build confidence in your ability to stay safe.  Workshops will be held:

Columbus Campus
Wednesday, February 3 – 12:00 p.m. in Delaware 083
Wednesday, February 17 – 12:00 p.m. in Delaware 083

Delaware Campus
Wednesday, March 9 – 12:00 p.m. in Moeller 224

Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center
Wednesday, April 27 - 12:00 p.m., 6699 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg


Reminder: First Wednesday will be held Feb. 3

First Wednesday returns on February 3, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Join President Harrison, who will present the Staff Employees of the Month, and update participants on the latest news for spring semester. You can also view First Wednesday on a live stream, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.



HR office closed Friday

The Human Resources office will be closed Friday, January 29, for an all-day staff retreat.  The office will reopen on February 1.  If you have an urgent matter, please contact the Police Department at ext. 2525, and a message will be relayed to your Business Partner.

Managers’ Forums to resume in February

The College is one-third of the way through the current performance cycle, which ends December 31, 2016.  Employees and managers should now shift focus from planning goals to managing and documenting goal progress. If you have not already done so, please view the “Managing and Editing Goals” tutorial videos and written Quick Guides on the myPLAN website to learn how to document, track progress, edit/cancel or add more goals. Managers should direct subordinates to review these items as well. 

Given that January is the start of the semester, HR will not hold a Managers Forum this month. Please register for February’s session scheduled for Thursday, February 25, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Employment Services will provide a review of the new organization chart software, PeopleFluent, and demonstrate how managers can use it.  Register today at:

Strengths workshop is Jan. 27

“Put Your Strengths to Work” will be offered Wednesday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy and learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team. Register today.




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