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Looking for high-quality, low-tuition, close-to-home educational opportunities? Look to Southern State Community College.

Looking for high-quality, low-tuition, close-to-home educational opportunities? Look to Southern State Community College.

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Throughout the years, Southern State Community College has gone through many changes, but one thing will never change — our commitment to our students. Keep your eye on us, as we continually strive to offer you an accessible, affordable, high quality education.

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“Biotechnology is a brand new program at Southern and many wonder exactly what biotechnology is. Biotechnology is a growing industry that uses living organisms to develop new products,” says Dr. David Garippa, SSCC Assistant Professor in Biology. “By using principles of biology, technology, and DNA science in the lab to solve scientific problems, we can make advances in the agriculture, food production, forensics, pharmaceutical, and medical fields.”

For more information on Agriculture/Biotechnology programs at Southern State, visit Agriculture/Biotechnology majors include:

• Agriculture Production (A.A.S. Degree)

• Biotechnology & Laboratory Science (A.A.S. Degree)

• Horticulture (Certificate)


“The business programs offered at Southern State can create a career pathway for the future,” says Jeff Tumbleson, SSCC Assistant Professor. “A business degree can help you get a better job, advance you at your current job, or serve as the foundation for a bachelor’s degree. We help students prepare for the opportunities that are available today.”

For more information on Business programs at Southern State, visit Business majors include:

• Accounting (A.A.S. Degree)

• Business Management (A.A.S. Degree)

• Entrepreneurship (A.A.S. Degree)

• Logistics Management (A.A.S. Degree)

• Real Estate (A.A.S. Degree) – also offered as a short-term accelerated three-class path that qualifies students to sit for the licensure exam


“We are here to provide the impact and insight to our students for their future opportunities and occupations,” says Julia Basham, SSCC Associate Professor in Computer Science. “Our hope is to pass our passion for computer science on to each and every student.”

For more information on Computer Science programs at Southern State, visit Computer Science majors include:

• Computer Support Specialist (A.A.S. Degree)

• Computer Information Technology (A.A.S. Degree)

• Cyber Security & Forensics (A.A.S. Degree)

• Interactive Media & Simulation (A.A.S. Degree)

• Office Information & Technology (A.A.S. Degree)

• Office Services (Certificate)


“It takes a special person to consider a lifetime role of protecting his or her community,” says Robin Roche, SSCC Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice. “The criminal justice program at Southern State will fully prepare that student to enter a challenging yet rewarding career. Criminal justice personnel offer valuable contributions to making our communities safer places to live. But education doesn’t end with a degree or certificate from Southern State; it’s an ongoing journey. We encourage our graduates to enter their careers with enthusiasm, and always seek new education and training opportunities.”

For more information on Criminal Justice programs at Southern State, visit Criminal Justice majors include:

• Criminal Justice (A.A.S.)

• Law Enforcement (A.A.S.)


“Many of our students enrolled in the education degree programs here at Southern State also choose to teach in our local schools and child learning centers after graduation,” says Becky Storer, SSCC Associate Professor in Education. “It is so rewarding to see former students in action when I visit various classrooms. Our students are well prepared to either transfer with an A.A. degree or to immediately enter the field of education with an A.A.S. degree. Regardless of whether students want to eventually work as teachers, paraprofessionals, or administrators, Southern State is a great place to start.”

For more information on Education programs at Southern State, visit Education majors include:

• Early Childhood Education (A.A.S. Degree)

• Paraprofessional Education (A.A.S. Degree)


“Engineering can take you as far as your imagination will allow,” says Jim Barnett, SSCC Assistant Professor in Engineering. “We cover electrical, electronics, mechanical, computer-assisted design (CAD), and our program is versatile to the industry demands and the changing profession. Southern State is a great place to begin your engineering career. Classes are convenient, close to home, and you have the option to transfer to a four-year degree from Miami University while attending their virtual classes on SSCC’s Central Campus in Hillsboro.”

For more information on Engineering programs at Southern State, visit Engineering majors include:

• Computer Assisted Design (A.A.S. Degree)

• Electrical/Electronics Engineering (A.A.S. Degree)

• Electro-mechanical Engineering (A.A.S. Degree)

• Electronic Information Systems (A.A.S. Degree)

• Engineering: Aviation Maintenance (A.A.S. Degree)


“We work diligently with our community partners to prepare nurses to serve our community by teaching them how to provide care that meets the needs of the body, mind, and spirit,” says Dr. Julianne Krebs, SSCC Director of Nursing.

“Our goal is to provide our program graduates with the education and skills needed to prepare them to be competent, caring members of our health care teams in the fast growing medical industry,” says Rhonda Davis, SSCC Medical Assisting Program Director.

“Our graduates are competent respiratory therapists working in small, rural community hospitals, as well as regional and large healthcare systems, including trauma centers and pediatric hospitals,” says Chyane Collins, SSCC Respiratory Care Program Director.

For more information on Health Sciences programs at Southern State, visit Health Sciences majors include:

• Billing & Coding Specialist (Certificate)

• Medical Assisting (A.A.S. Degree)

• Medical Transcription (Certificate)

• Nursing (A.A.S. Degree)

• Pharmacy Tech (Certificate)

• Phlebotomy (Certificate)

• Practical Nursing (Certificate)

• Respiratory Care (A.A.S. Degree)


“Students will find this degree path to be very practical,” says Charlie Gorman, SSCC Associate Professor in Human & Social Services. “It is all about helping students to develop the people-helping skills necessary to work in the human services field. This field continues to expand and many opportunities await our graduate. There are not many programs that lead to state certifications. Our graduates are eligible to become Social Work Assistants (SWA) and/or Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA).

The Ohio Counselor Social Work and Marriage Family Therapist Board and Ohio Chemical Dependency Board oversee the granting of these licenses, respectively. Students will find the faculty to be highly qualified and very involved in their education. Our small classes create a great learning environment and strong cohorts. Our students leave SSCC with enduring personal friendships and professional credentials.”

For more information on Human & Social Services programs at Southern State, visit Human & Social Services majors include:

• Human & Social Services (A.A.S. Degree)

• Human & Social Services: Chemical Dependency (A.A.S. Degree)

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