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College credit ... while still in high school

It's never too early to start earning college credit. We offer College Credit Plus / Dual Credit programs, as well as high school articulation agreements with Career-Technical High School programs. K-12 Programs.

Central Ohio Compact

Success in College

Central Ohio has an ambitious goal: By 2025, we want 60 percent of our region's adults to have a postsecondary certificate or degree. Columbus State is at the center of this work. We convened the Central Ohio Compact to allow K-12 and higher education institutions to prepare plans for college access and attainment. And we're continually working with our industry partners to make sure our programs match up to the jobs of the future.

Programs for Youth


Columbus State offers a range of programs for students younger than college age with the goal of preparing students for college.

K-12 Programs

Columbus State offers programs targeted to students in grades K-12 to prepare them for entry into college, careers and life-long learning.

Educational Talent Search

A pre-collegiate program for students enrolled in or who have dropped out of any grade from six through twelve and who live in select areas within the Columbus Public School District.

ESL Afterschool Communities

An outreach initiative with the city's refugee and immigrant communities that offers community-based, comprehensive afterschool programs at four sites within Franklin County. 

Resources for the Community

Conference Center

Backed by a stunning view of downtown Columbus, the Columbus State Conference Center is an ideal venue for a corporate meeting or seminar.

Language Institute / Basic English

The Columbus State Language Institute can help individuals, companies and groups effectively learn to communicate in a foreign language or strengthen skills in spoken and written basic English as a Second Language.

GED Prep / Academic Enrichment

Classes in the Academic Enrichment Program are designed for students who want to improve their English language and/or mathematics skills in order to increase their career or educational opportunities. We aim to be the top provider of GED preparation in the Columbus area.

Non-Credit Online Courses

Through partnerships with Ed2Go and ProTrain, we offer a wide variety of convenient non-credit online courses designed to meet your needs. Whether you are interested in personal enrichment, career advancement, transition back into the workplace, or preparing for an exam, we can help you reach your goals.

Volunteer Opportunities

Nonprofit organizations seeking student employees should consider our Student Jobs program. This program links students with local nonprofit agencies to provide paid work experience for the students at no cost to the agency.


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