COLUMBUS — Edison State Community College was named the recipient of the Career Preparedness Award during the ACT State Award Ceremony on Jan. 26.
The award ceremony concluded the fourth annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, which celebrates exemplary employers, community colleges, high schools, and high school seniors who promote readiness for college and career in states across the country.
Edison State’s selection was based upon student success indicators, including retention, graduation, and four-year college transfer rates; the strength of relationships with local employers and high schools; accessibility of career readiness assessments and preparation programs; and a support structure in place for students, especially those from underserved populations.
“This award not only validates the efforts of Edison State to focus our students on career outcomes, but also highlights our success in leveraging the resources of our educational and community partners,” said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.
“Our students have access to online tools, face to face counseling, and connections to Ohio Means Jobs to name just a few of the components of our career-focused approach.”
Edison State has developed robust relationships with local employers to provide students with training and education needed to enter the regional workforce. Partner companies include Emerson Climate Technologies, FRAM Air Filters, Abbott Nutrition, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., and Midmark Corporation to name a few. The newest partnership called “EPIC,” announced in 2015 with Honda North America, Inc., provides educational and training opportunities to prepare the next generation workforce for high-tech positions in the manufacturing industry. It offers scholarships as well as a work-study program.
Additionally, Edison State’s campus-wide service-learning program integrates academic study with non-profit organizations, often resulting in employment opportunities. Partner companies include Miami County Hospice, Troy Community Works, and Partners in Hope.
In addition to working with area employers, Edison State’s College Credit Plus program partners with over 40 high schools, translating to one of the highest high school students to total enrollment ratio percentages in the state at over 30%. Participation in this program increased by more than 50 percent from the previous academic year.
“Community college students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including College Credit Plus high school students, traditional, and non-traditional students. Many are working while managing education and family responsibilities,” added Edison State Director of Student Success, Pamela Gibellino.
All students at Edison State have access to a customized Holland Career assessment and a second, more in-depth assessment, “Type Focus,” to help them determine or validate a career choice and match them to programs offered at the college or a four-year transfer school. Students are also required to complete a Student Education Plan (SEP), which provides an individualized road map for the student’s program of study. To help facilitate the plan, each student is assigned an advisor who provides support throughout his or her program of study.
“Our Success Advisors are all cross-trained in career advising and provide a holistic approach to establish a Student Education Plan, resources and education pathways that support career goals and student success,” added Gibellino.
Edison State will go on to participate in the national competition and culmination of the program at the National Gala on College and Career Readiness in June 2016 in Washington, D.C.