Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College Campus

Since 1963, Columbus State Community College has been the front door to higher education for Central Ohio. By collaborating closely with education and industry partners throughout the region, Columbus State provides the training and knowledge that makes graduates stand-out candidates for in-demand jobs, and provides the academic preparation to transfer on to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Columbus State offers programs in the areas of:

  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Biological, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • Business and Hospitality Services
  • Computer Science, Information Technology, and Design
  • Construction and Skill Trades
  • Education, Human Services, and Public Safety
  • Engineering, Manufacturing, and Engineering Technology
  • Health Sciences


Students can choose from more than 200 majors to earn an associate degree or certificate. The Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Technical Studies degrees are designed to lead straight into a career upon graduation, while also providing a transfer option for those interested in continuing on for a bachelor’s degree. The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, with guaranteed transfer and credit acceptance to Columbus State’s Preferred Pathway partners, as well as any Ohio public university, and many private universities. Certificates are short-term programs that concentrate in a specific discipline.

Columbus State has two campuses: the Columbus Campus, close to the vibrant and growing downtown area of Columbus, and the Delaware Campus in the thriving suburban setting of Delaware County. Five Regional Learning Center locations provide students with additional convenience to attend class close to where they live and work in the suburbs of Dublin, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Westerville or at Bolton Field Airport on the west side of Columbus.

Columbus State is the largest provider of online educational programs in Central Ohio, giving students the option to take classes anywhere they can access the internet. More than 50 degree programs at Columbus State can be completed online.

In addition, Columbus State offers non-credit learning for the community including continuing education and licensure courses, and personal enrichment opportunities. The Office of Workforce Innovation partners closely with businesses to create customized, module-based training programs that can be delivered at Columbus State, online, or on-site at the partner company. Training can include both non-credit courses, and courses that grant credit toward a degree or certificate.

Advanced Manufacturing Programs

Integrated Systems Technology (IST) Lab

The Columbus State Integrated Systems Technology (IST) Lab offers individualized training, blending self-paced online learning and hands-on instruction with industry-standard equipment. The training is rigorous enough to meet industry needs, and offers individualized plans that can accommodate a single worker, or an entire team. The IST lab provides professional training in a number of areas, including:

  • AC/DC Electrical Systems
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Troubleshooting
  • Fluid Power Systems
  • Mechanical Drive Systems
  • Process Control
  • Multi-Craft Technician Training
  • Advanced Manufacturing Operator Training


An e-Learning option is also available, providing computer-based independent study program that is accessed online. After completing online assignments, students come into the IST lab to practice with skilled trainers and industry-standard equipment.

Modern Manufacturing Work Study at Columbus State

The Modern Manufacturing Work Study (MMWS) program at Columbus State takes students from college freshman to experienced professional in just two years. After two semesters of full-time coursework, students interview for placement in a work-study position with a partner company. These part-time positions pay in the range of $15-20 per hour. Students work three days a week and attend Columbus State the other two, preparing them for full-time employment when they graduate. The MMWS program offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in three majors:


The Welding program at Columbus State offers the option of earning an Associate of Applied Science in welding, preparing students for careers in technical jobs supporting the welding industry. Students studying this major will acquire knowledge and skills that qualify them for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing jobs. Students will be trained in SMAW, OFW, PAC, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW for both round and flat work. Upon successfully completing the associate degree, graduates can earn up to a LEVEL II Advanced Welder Certification through the American Welding Society.

The Welding Program offers:

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