Columbus State Community College
|President||Dr. David Harrison|
|Undergraduates||25,970 (Autumn 2012)|
|Location||Columbus, Ohio, USA|
Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is a community college first established in Columbus, Ohio as Columbus Area Technician's School in 1963 and was renamed Columbus Technical Institute in 1965 and was renamed again to its current name in 1987. The college has grown from an initial enrollment of 67 students in 1963, to its current enrollment of about 26,000 students over two campuses, nine regional learning centers and online courses.
Columbus State offers two-year career programs in more than 50 areas of business, health, public service, human service, engineering technologies, and facility maintenance as well as transfer programs for students who are interested in completing the first two years of a bachelor's degree, then transferring to a four-year university. Degree program offerings are very diverse, including fields such as Nursing, Architecture, Geographic Information Systems, and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Columbus State also offers Automotive Technology, Applied Technology, Aviation Technology, Real Estate, Law Enforcement, Paralegal Studies, Fire Science, Sport & Exercise Studies (five majors: Sport Management, Physical Education, Exercise Science, Recreation & Leisure Studies and Wellness & Health Promotion), Massage Therapy, Veterinary Technology, and Respiratory Care.
The 70 acre main campus is located near downtown Columbus, Ohio. It consists of 26 buildings, including the newest facility, The Discovery Exchange which is the bookstore.
In addition, Columbus State operates 10 off-campus centers in the suburban neighborhoods of Dublin, Gahanna, Westerville, Groveport, Marysville, Grandview, Grove City, Delaware, Reynoldsburg, and southwest Columbus.
The college has built a new 106-acre (0.43 km2) satellite campus in Liberty Township of Southern Delaware County. The first building was completed in 2010. The new building can accommodate 2,500-3,017 students. In 2011, Columbus State partnered with The Ohio State University to allow students and faculty from both schools to work out of the new facility.
In 2007, Columbus State became the largest provider of higher education distance learning in the state of Ohio. Online enrollments exceeded 11,000.
Cougar News was a weekly student-run newspaper, the first in more than 30 years. It debuted in February 2005 and was distributed on Wednesdays during autumn, winter, and spring quarters. In October 2008, Cougar News became a web-only publication, cougarnews.net. As of November 2012[update], the Cougar News website is no longer active.
Columbus State annually publishes a literary magazine called Spring Street. It comprises poetry, fiction, photography and other visual arts submitted by Columbus State students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 80% of the layout and publishing process is completed by students.
The Cougars have four varsity-level sports teams, all of which compete at the National Junior College Athletic Association NJCAA Division II level. Before the 2007–08 academic year, the college had nine sports, but due to budget constraints, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, and soccer were eliminated. At the same time, the women's volleyball and golf teams were promoted from the Division III level to their current level, allowing scholarships to be offered to student-athletes. The Cougars are also members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference OCCAC. In a span of three seasons (2003–2005), the volleyball program competed in three consecutive NJCAA DIII national tournaments, finishing as high as fourth nationally in 2004. The Cougars were paced by five all-Americans during that time. After moving to Division II, Head Coach Scott Nichols led the Lady Cougars to a 2008 NJCAA DII volleyball sixth-place finish and a 2009 NJCAA DII volleyball seventh-place finish. In March 2008, the Columbus State men's basketball team clinched their first ever visit to the NJCAA National Championship in Danville, Illinois. Head Coach Pat Carlisle won three games against highly ranked[clarification needed] teams before losing the championship game to Mott Community College on March 22. In 2009, the men's basketball team finished in 9th place overall. Columbus State is also home to the 1993 and 2003 NJCAA DIII Men's Golf National Champions, 2010 and 2011 NJCAA Women's Golf National participants, 2001 NJCAA DIII Baseball National Runner-up, 2004 NJCAA DIII Women's Cross Country 3rd Place finish, and the 2001 and 2003 NJCAA DIII Women's Cross Country 6th Place finish.
Columbus State offers a wide variety of student-run clubs and organizations. The current active clubs include the following: Asian Student Association, Autism Awareness & Advocacy Club, Black Student Union, Casino Salsa Club, Chess Club, Club Alliance, College Democrats, Cougar Pride, Construction of the Specification Institute, Econ Club, Eta Sigma Delta, Film Club, French Club, H20, Indonesian Student Association, International Student Association, Liberian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, The National Society of Leadership & Success, Olympic Weightlifting Club, Pan-African Student Union, Phi Theta Kappa, Pre-Law Association, Psychology Club, Respiratory Therapy Student Organization, Seasoned Cougars, Senior Nursing Class, Somali Student Association, Sport and Exercise Studies Club, Student American Dental Hygiene Association, Student Landscape Association, Student Massage Therapy Organization, Student Nurses Association, Student Paralegal Association, Students for Sustainability, Columbus State Taekwondo and Martial Arts Club, and the Veterans Organization,Ghana Girls Club.