Participating Colleges

Central Ohio Technical College
Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is a state-assisted, post-secondary institution of higher education offering associate degree and certificate programs in business, health, engineering and public service technologies. The college is located in Newark about 40 miles east of Columbus. The college shares the 177-acre Newark campus and some personnel and services with The Ohio State University at Newark. Classes are also offered at full-service locations at Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala extended campuses. COTC and Ohio State Newark have separate governing boards of trustees, faculties and programs. Students share in social, sporting and cultural activities and are considered one student body. Opportunities exist for students to take classes from the other institutions through a liberal cross-registration policy. Over 4000 students are enrolled at COTC each year. The college has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

At Cincinnati State, we provide affordable, high-quality education to students. We offer more than 100 associate degree programs and certificates in Business Technologies, Health and Public Safety, Engineering and Information Technologies, and Humanities and Sciences.

We know that higher education is about more than receiving a diploma or certificate to hang on the wall. It’s about stepping forward and preparing for your future, whether that means beginning a career, getting a promotion, or starting something new. As the premier career college, we help students achieve their professional and education goals by providing a nurturing learning environment.

Whether you’re attending college for the first time or finishing a degree you started long ago, our faculty and staff are here to help you Be Great.

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Edison State Community College

Edison State allows people to dream and provide the opportunities for those people to realize their dreams. While focusing on student success and completion, Edison State will remain an open-door institution that strives for both high academic standards and high rates of student retention and success. We instill trust and integrity and deliver an accessible, affordable, transferable education to promote economic development and diversity.

We keep your skills cutting-edge by responding to employer demand with new and relevant academic programs. Edison State now offers more than 100 associate degrees options, one-year, and career enhancement certificates in your choice of seven career pathways.

While our students are diverse in age, ethnicity, academic background and academic goals, they share the common goal of wanting educational and training programs that lead to rewarding careers and financial stability for themselves and their families.For over 40 years, our faculty and staff have been providing exactly that, effectively “changing lives and realizing dreams.

Lakeland Community College

For 50 years, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, the college marked its 50th anniversary in 2017. Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to more than 10,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Lakeland offers more than 130 associate degree and technical certificate programs leading to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. Lakeland also offers access to bachelor’s and graduate degrees on campus at the Holden University Center through a variety of four-year partner institutions.

Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College is an innovative leader serving the education, economic, community and cultural needs of Lorain County and the region. Lorain County Community College offers a progressive, diverse educational environment serving more than 12,000 associate degree students per year and offering more than 100 academic programs and majors. LCCC has emerged as an innovator in higher education through the success of its University Partnership – the first of its kind at an Ohio community college – where more than 3,000 students are able to pursue more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degrees from 12 of Ohio’s leading universities on LCCC’s campus at about a third of the cost. Lorain County Community College is deeply committed to student success and is part of Completion-By-Design Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Northwest State Community College
Northwest State Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served northwest Ohio since 1969. Northwest State is committed to providing a quality, affordable education with personal attention and small class sizes. The College offers associate degrees with numerous transfer options, short-term certificate programs, and workforce training programs designed to meet the needs of local businesses and industries.
Owens Community College

Owens Community College has served Northwest Ohio since 1965 as an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education with an open-door admission policy. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Owens Community College Learning Center Downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has 54 programs that are accredited through their own discipline-specific accrediting bodies. For more information, visit

Stark State College

Stark State College is a student-centered comprehensive community college with transferable higher education and career development programs. Stark State College is committed to preparing students for career success in a competitive, sophisticated economy. Graduates are in demand by employers who recognize their high skill level and readiness to succeed.

Students receive a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Stark State is the largest of Stark County's colleges and universities, and the fourth largest of Ohio's 23 public two-year colleges in the University System of Ohio. Stark State College offers more than 230 associate degrees, majors, one-year certificates, and career enhancement certificates in business and entrepreneurial studies, education, engineering technologies, health and human services, information technologies, liberal arts, mathematics and sciences.

Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.