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mastheadAugust 20, 2018


First graduates from pilot partnership between Columbus State and Nationwide

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Todd Warner, Executive in Residence for Workforce Innovation, far right, with the first group of Nationwide employees who earned the new IT Workforce Certificate last week. The certificate program includes specialties in cybersecurity, software development and data analytics. Nationwide, like many companies, is experiencing a shortage of workers with expertise in those areas. Columbus State’s program will allow other area companies to retrain their current workforce to fill those positions. Read the story in Columbus Business First here. More information on Columbus State’s IT Workforce Certificate is here.


Redesign for the Hub as it is relaunched as CougarConnect

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The Hub has recently undergone a major update. It now includes multiple new functions and is being relaunched as CougarConnect. This update is part of an ongoing project to increase the sense of college community at Columbus State by involving students, faculty, and staff. The Hub will still be available here for 90 days as “read only” for historical purposes. The new CougarConnect website can be accessed here and on the homepage under Campus Life.

Workshops on navigating the new CougarConnect system will be offered starting August 23. See the initial list of workshops here. If you have questions contact SEaL at

Videos to learn more about the new CougarConnect:
Introduction to CougarConnect for Campus Partners (7 minutes). 
Introduction to CougarConnect for Students  (7 minutes)
Meet the Action Center (47 minutes)

In “Meet the Action Center” you will learn how it was designed to help support more efficient review and approval processes.


Program at the Ohio Small Business Center at Columbus State featured in Forbes

A free program that helps Latino food entrepreneurs in central Ohio is featured in Forbes. The program – Mercadito Raices – has trained five immigrant entrepreneurs so far this year. Read the story here.


group photoLeft to right: Garry Fourman, Jamie Fouss, Consul General from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, and Judith Cockrell, former Columbus State employee, who is teaching English for one year in Wuhan.

Fourman spends another summer teaching in China

Garry Fourman, chair of Modern Languages, spent his sixth summer in Wuhan where he taught 250 Chinese students about the education structure in the United States. He also taught German and led various singing activities introducing students to American folk music.

While there, Fourman presented “Assessing Critical Thinking 
in an East/West Context” at the Sino-US International Symposium for Foreign Language Education held at Huazhong Agricultural University. The chief academic officer of the university presented him with a teaching award at the symposium. In addition, an article about Fourman appeared in the university’s newspaper. Read the article here. 


International student orientation was a success!

International Student Services has welcomed 46 new students from 23 foreign countries to Columbus State. An orientation for our international student visa holders was held August 13. It was a collaborative effort between International Student Services, Admissions, Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE), Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), and Student Central. The department’s Jo Yin Tang says the goal is to help international students succeed by familiarizing them with the educational and cultural environment at Columbus State and maintaining immigration status. At the same time, it provides them with an opportunity to meet other new international students. Orientation also allowed them to complete course registration with academic advisors and they left with a class schedule for autumn semester.

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 New international students attending an orientation session August 13.


Bookstore at Columbus State now accepting Financial Aid funds

Students receiving Financial Aid while enrolled at Columbus State Community College may now use a limited amount of those funds for some purchases at the Columbus State Bookstore.  Eligible students will have a maximum credit of $1,000. The allowance can be used for purchases in-store and online at the Bookstore here.

These items qualify for purchase with financial aid:

                Apparel, grad gown and uniforms (academically required)
                Backpacks and totes
                COTA bus passes (purchased in-store only)
                School supplies
                Technology products (computer hardware, accessories, headphones, and electronics)
                Textbooks and reference books
                Food and drinks at the Bookstore Campus Market 
                Gift cards for Subway, the new Union Cafe in Union Hall and Sips Cafe in Davidson Hall      
                (Note: There is a limit of two gift cards per customer.)

These items do not qualify for purchase with financial aid:

                Apparel (not academically required)
                Best sellers and general reading material
                Gifts (stuffed animals and greeting cards)
                Columbus State Bookstore gift cards     

Only the student may make purchases using their Financial Aid funds. A valid photo ID (Columbus State Cougar ID, driver’s license, state ID or military ID) and a Cougar ID number is required. Funds not used will be disbursed to students who remain eligible for financial aid.


Next College Knowledge session is Friday

College Knowledge: In order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay on top of organizational changes and initiatives, twice-yearly presentations are held with each of the College’s divisions: Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Student Services, Marketing and Communications, Informational Technology, General Counsel, and Business Administration.

This month will feature Enrollment Management and Student Services on Friday, August 31 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in WD 407.  

Register by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the date (August 31) and Select Request to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


CougarWeb unavailable Wednesday night and early Thursday morning

Starting Wednesday, August 22 at 11:00 p.m., CougarWeb will be unavailable due during registration updates. The system will be available again on Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Road closures underway in front of Columbus Campus

The long-planned underground utility work in front of Nestor Hall is now underway. The work is requiring some partial and full closures of Mt. Vernon Avenue. Once that is finished early this week, the drop off loop will then be closed.Look at the details and maps here. All construction should be completed before the start of classes next week.



Food Service Operations closed Tuesday for training

AVI has scheduled mandatory sanitation training for all AVI staff on Tuesday, August 21. As a result, it will require both Subway and Sips to be closed Tuesday so that all staff can attend.

Remaining days and hours during the break:
Subway: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Friday
Sips: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 7:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. Friday


Union Cafe update

Pete Hackman, Food Services Supervisor, reports that the final pieces are being put in place on the new Union Cafe. The food court/cafeteria closed in March to begin major renovations. The newly designed food area will be an inviting space for students, faculty and staff to relax, study or meet with friends or coworkers. A big-screen television has been installed and one area of the
Café can be set aside for group meetings. In addition to new food offerings, a Starbucks kiosk will be onsite. Opening day is scheduled next Monday, August 27, the first day of autumn semester.



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