Clark State to launch resource to help first-year students, families

The seating in the Clark State classrooms has been reduced so students can be spaced apart. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
The seating in the Clark State classrooms has been reduced so students can be spaced apart. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Clark State Community College, in coordination with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC), is launching a resource to help first-year students with questions such as where and how they will attend college in the fall, according to a release from the school.

“Clark State provides a high-quality, affordable education that results in transfer or workforce opportunity,” said President Jo Alice Blondin. “Parents and students alike recognize the value proposition of saving money during those first two years of college, particularly during these uncertain times.”

The Year 1 at Home resource is to remind students and families of community colleges’ expertise in online instruction, low tuition and that first-year general education requirements are “almost universally the same” at all institutions and the credits transfer easily, the release stated.

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“During these challenging times, many students need assurances about the availability and affordability of their college classes. Why should students subject themselves to the uncertainty, the risk and the high cost of instruction that is essentially the same at a community college? Year 1 at Home wipes away all of these unnecessary stress points, replaces them with certainty and let’s students move forward focused on learning and their futures,” said Jack Hershey, President and CEO of the OACC.

Community colleges are built for the ease, convenience and support of students, said Jim Doyle, chairman of the OACC and a member of the Clark State Board of Trustees.

“We know how to work around students’ needs and the biggest need they have right now is certainty, and that’s something we can supply,” he said. “We’re glad to have a chance to support students and their families right now with Year 1 at Home and we anticipate it will be a welcome resource - and source of relief.”

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The Clark State Foundation is also still accepting student scholarship applications for the 2020-21 year through July 15.

“The Clark State Foundation works to remove financial barriers and increase college success,” said Director Toni Overholser. “Our scholarships are awarded for a wide variety of factors including financial need, academic merit and program of study.”

Registration is open for the fall, and the college has implemented strict safety guidelines to welcome students back to campus on Aug. 24 with classes being held in person, online and in hybrid format.