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October 19, 2017


City grant helps Columbus State better prepare early childhood teachers
President Harrison and Mayor Ginther tour classroom

Harrison and Ginther with Michele Bird President Harrison on the left, and Mayor Ginther on the right, learn more about Michele Bird (center) and her pre-K classroom. Bird is currently one of 75 students receiving scholarship money from the city to take part Columbus State’s CDA program.

With recent changes in state standards for early childhood teachers, the City of Columbus is providing a $200,000 grant to Columbus State Community College to provide a unique educational program.

The grant, which follows a similar pilot program from earlier this year, allows the college to offer scholarships to 75 early childhood teachers in Columbus who are enrolled in the Child Development Associate (CDA) program. Completing the program will help teachers meet more stringent standards being phased in at the state level.

A state-wide policy known as the Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) rating and improvement system will require childcare centers to meet stringent guidelines by 2020, including employment of qualified teachers. All early childhood education programs funded by the state are required to participate in SUTQ.

Upon successful completion of the CDA program, participants will each earn nine credit hours toward their Early Childhood Development and Education associate degree. It will also prepare them to take an assessment to earn their CDA credential, which is an entry-level credential for early childhood teachers.

On Wednesday, President Harrison and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther toured teacher Michele Bird’s pre-K classroom at the Glenwood Center for Early Childhood. Bird is among the current 75 CDA students in the city. The students take classes in the evenings so they can attend after their workday.


Admissions opening late tomorrow

Due to all Admissions staff assisting with Visit Day, the Admissions Office will open at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20.

Bookstore closed for inventory

The bookstore is closed through tomorrow (October 20) for the annual inventory. Subway will maintain normal operating hours during this time. 

HR closed Friday, October 27

Human Resources office (including SX and RH offices) will be closed all day, Friday, October 27 for a staff professional development retreat.


Faculty: Help clean up Blackboard

If you are enrolled as a User in at least one Blackboard shell, the Digital Education and Instructional Services department needs your help cleaning up unused shells and needs to know which ones are being used.

Please follow the three simple steps below:

Step one: click here 

Step two: Log in using your normal Blackboard username and password

Step three: A list of your shells will display. Click “Keep” if you are using this shell. Click “Unenroll” if you are no longer using this shell.

If you choose “Unenroll,” it only removes you as a User in the Shell, and if you choose “Keep,” you remain a User in the Shell. Only if all Users choose Unenroll, will we archive and remove the shell.

The Faculty Assistance Center will process any Unenroll requests as they are received and as their workload permits. If you change your mind about the shells you are using, you may revisit the page and click Undo to make a new selection. If the Faculty Assistance Center has already processed your Unenroll request, you will need to contact the Faculty Assistance Center to be re-enrolled in the shell.

The deadline is Saturday, October 31.

If we do not get a response from you by the deadline date, we will assume the shells are no longer being used and we will remove you from the shells and if all Users are deleted, the shell will be removed.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Faculty Assistance Center at 614-287-5991 or


DEIS Friday Training Reminder

Digital Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) is once again offering training sessions on Fridays this semester in CT-106, which is the DEIS Training Lab at 339 Cleveland Avenue. All sessions are free to all Columbus State employees. Space is limited, so register today.

Friday, October 20

Understanding ADA Compliance, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Introduction to SoftChalk, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 27

Introduction to Blackboard Grade Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Understanding ADA Compliance, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Virtual Meetings with Cisco WebEx, 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Attend Columbus State’s International Thanksgiving Dinner

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center would like to invite you to attend and support Columbus State Community College’s 32nd Annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 15. Each year we invite our international students and their families to join us in this special American tradition of fellowship and giving thanks. This event is made possible by generous donations of faculty, staff, and community members. Please contact Jasmine Marks if you would like to make a donation or purchase an event ticket for $15.   

Donor options:

Platinum Level Sponsorship: $300 (Provides tickets for 15 students and 5 guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Gold Level Sponsorship: $225 (Provides tickets for 12 students and 3 guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Silver Level Sponsorship: $150 (Provides tickets for 8 students and 2 guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Bronze Level Sponsorship: $75 (Provides tickets for 4 students and 1 guest from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Please feel free to give what you can. Our students appreciate your generosity.


Columbus State employees share best practices from dual credit program

Residency Specialist Jason Stover and Director of Dual Credit Jackie Jenkins had an opportunity to present at the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Conference at Mohican State Park on October 4.  The presentation, “Interpreting the Code: College Credit Plus and Residency” described the difference between state laws that govern the state of Ohio residency reclassification process for high school students and how Columbus State administers residency guidelines. The presentation gave participants the opportunity to learn about and share best practices. 


Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.