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May 14, 2018




College holds its 196th commencement

married duo graduating The husband and wife team of Gregory and Karen Schumacher walk across the stage on Friday, May 11. They each received an Associate Degree in Business Management.


Columbus State Community College celebrated its diverse graduating class at Spring Commencement on Friday, May 11. More than 1,200 students received degrees. 

Nick Akins, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Electric Power, provided the commencement address at the Celeste Center. In 2013, the AEP Foundation provided Columbus State with a $5 million gift to develop the Credits Count program for Columbus City Schools. The program prepares middle and high school students for STEM careers. 


Cougar Challenge 5K raises more than $8,000

photo of race Runners start the Cougar Challenge 5K race.

The annual Cougar Challenge 5K raised approximately $8,500 from registrations, donations, and sponsors. The race had 177 participants, and all the money raised goes toward student textbook scholarships.

The overall winners are Kalib Amos (18:22.5), Brett Welsh (19:24.3) and Frank Bucy (19:30.7) The Delaware Dashers Team won the department participation recognition, which is a healthy breakfast and holding onto the participation trophy. The EMSS had outstanding team participation, too.

Thank you to sponsors Greif, Education First Credit Union, Columbus State Bookstore, Columbus Asphalt Paving, Kroger, and Pepsi. We appreciate everyone’s support with making this event a huge success.

group photo The entire EMSS team poses together after the race.


Columbus State partners with Amazon’s Career Choice Program

group photo Sacha Tadros (center rear) with the Amazon Pharmacy Tech students

The inaugural cohort of Amazon’s Career Choice Pharmacy Tech Program offered at the Amazon distribution center in Etna, OH wraps up May 10. Sacha Tadros (center rear), lead instructor for the Pharmacy Tech program at Columbus State, led this eight-week program which brings instruction directly to employees at the workplace.

The students in the Pharmacy Tech program will have the opportunity to sit for the National Certification Exam in early summer and earn the sought-after Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) designation. Employees who have worked at Amazon for one year are eligible for the Career Choice program, which pre-pays for 95 percent of students’ tuition, fees, and books. Career Choice empowers students to earn Certificates or Associate of Applied Science degrees in a variety of high demand career areas. Starting Summer 2018, Columbus State’s partnership with Amazon is expanding to offer two on-site programs: Pharmacy Tech and Computer Science.



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