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Franklin County, Ohio, Adults Now Can Finish High School Online at No Charge

  • Joanna
  • December 7, 2015

Columbus State Community College announces 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program for residents of Franklin County

COLUMBUS, December 7, 2015 – Residents of Franklin County, Ohio, who are 22 and older and who did not finish high school now can earn a diploma from the school district in which they reside, thanks to a new 22+ Adult High School Diploma Program from Columbus State Community College.

Available at no cost to enrollees, the 22+ Program is a credit-based diploma program, meaning enrollees can finish the credits they missed when they left high school. Participants will have 24/7 access to online courses and can complete their education remotely at their own pace, earning a fully accredited high school diploma rather than a GED. Columbus State has chosen Graduation Alliance to deliver the online instruction because of its proven track record of working with at-risk individuals and re-engaging them in their education.

“Earning a high school diploma is a catalyst for greater success in life, giving adults a better shot at finding higher-paying jobs,” said Stephen Dackin, superintendent of school and community partnerships for Columbus State Community College. “We’re excited to offer an innovative solution that will transform the lives of so many adults by giving them a flexible way to resume their education.”

The 22+ Program includes access to online credit recovery courses, as well as round-the-clock support from highly qualified teachers, tutors, and personal academic coaches. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to extend their education into career credentialing through Columbus State’s FastPath program. FastPath helps Columbus residents gain certifications and industry employment in the supply chain development, childcare, and construction fields.

“Columbus State is proud to provide adults without a high school diploma a chance at a fresh start with our 22+ Program,” said Dr. David Harrison, president of the college. “This program is just one more way we serve the community as a one-stop shop for adults seeking to continue their education, whether it be for a high school diploma, career training, industry certification, or an associate degree.”

To learn more about Columbus State Community College’s 22+ Program or to enroll, call (614) 678-7759.

About Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College provides Central Ohio residents with the educational opportunities they need to get to the next phase of their career—whatever that might be. Students can earn a two-year associate degree in a Career & Technical field, which qualifies them for a job immediately, or an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, which represents the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Columbus State also offers a variety of short-term training opportunities and continuing education through its Community Education and Workforce Development division. For more information, visit

About Graduation Alliance

Graduation Alliance strengthens communities, states and the economy by preparing and empowering tomorrow’s workforce. Through highly effective postsecondary planning, alternative education and training programs, Graduation Alliance ensures every student has an opportunity to succeed during and after high school. For more information about Graduation Alliance, visit

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