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September 6, 2016



Business and Engineering Technologies realign

House on site with students

In order to better align some of the College’s technology programs, the Business, Engineering and Technologies Division will reorganize two of its departments. 

Effective September 1, Automotive and Applied Technologies became the Engineering and Transportation Department, which includes Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, Supply Chain Management Technology, and Quality Assurance Technology.  Dick Bickerstaff will chair the department.

The Construction Sciences Department has become the Design, Construction and Skilled Trades Department.  The department will include Construction Management Technology, the Skilled Trades, Landscape Design and Management, Civil Engineering/Surveying, Architecture, Environmental Science, Safety and Health, Geographic Information Systems, Facilities Maintenance, and Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning. 

Douglas House, currently director of Transitional Workforce, will serve as interim chairperson, working with department faculty and staff until a chairperson is selected.


Career forum offered September 8

A “Workforce for the Future Forum” featuring the fields of addiction services and mental health will be held Thursday, September 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. The forum will feature Sheila Ray Charles, daughter of Ray Charles, who will share her story about the impact of the addictions profession on her life.  President Harrison will welcome the group, and Dianne Fidelibus, associate professor of Social and Human Services, will provide information about educational opportunities. Also speaking will be Columbus State graduate John Nash, who will share his experiences in the addictions field. The career forum is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


Nineteenth ASSET class graduates

class picture

The Ford ASSET graduates are, from left: Chris Strebing, Dana Parsons, Anastasia Salyer, Matt Krasky, Yong Lee, Deryl Johnson, Shane Hawkins, Kyle Stover, Tyler Milisits, Chad Wipperman and David Foor.

The Ford ASSET program at Columbus State offers qualified students three benefits: an associate degree, a paid internship, and Ford Motor Company credentials. The students who recently attended the 19th ASSET Recognition Banquet are employed at Ford dealerships throughout the state and have completed the extremely rigorous Ford requirements. More than 60 students’ family members, dealership partners, and mentor technicians celebrated their partnership with Columbus State and the students’ achievements. Speaking to the graduates and their families were: President David Harrison, Rick Elliot, Technical Service Operations Manager for Ford Motor Company, Dana Parson, student representative, Keith Hallberg, Ford Field Service Engineer, and David Foor, Ford ASSET coordinator and assistant professor.



Faculty development video series starts this week


Each week, the Professional Development and Retention Office will feature a video from “Magna 20-Minute Mentor,”on-demand digital library of targeted faculty development that offers solutions to common classroom challenges in just 20 minutes. 

The week of September 6 video is How Can I Encourage the Growth Mindset with Three Simple Tips? Numerous studies have shown that a growth mindset, instead of fixed mindset, leads to deeper learning and higher performance.

Go here to read about how to access the videos. You will need to use Columbus State’s Authorization Code (CSCC257RJ) to create an account.

To discuss the video with others, go to Yammer and find the discussion thread for the current video. Read about how to access Yammer through Office 365. For more information contact Rich James.


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