More high school students earning college credit through Cincinnati State in Middletown

Cincinnati State College officials recently touted rising numbers of Butler County high school students earning college credits through online and in-person classes offered from the school's Middletown downtown building campus. College officials say the number of students receiving college credits is up by 28 percent. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)
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Cincinnati State College officials recently touted rising numbers of Butler County high school students earning college credits through online and in-person classes offered from the school's Middletown downtown building campus. College officials say the number of students receiving college credits is up by 28 percent. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)

More than 900 students across Butler County taking courses this fall through college program.

Middletown’s community college branch programs are seeing more area high school students earning college credit while they work toward their diplomas.

Cincinnati State College officials recently recognized the college’s continued progress in Butler County during a recent special trustees’ meeting at the Butler Tech Bioscience Center in West Chester Twp.

The location was symbolic of the growing partnership between the Cincinnati-based community college’s Middletown branch through which students in Butler Tech are showing a 28% increase in the number taking College Credit Plus (CCP) courses.

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More than 930 students from 11 high schools throughout Butler County are taking courses this fall through Cincinnati State’s CCP program. And that is a jump of more than 200 students in the program versus last fall, and almost three times the number of students in the program since 2016, said college officials.

“Our focus in Butler County continues to be on creating strong educational pathways for students and meeting the workforce needs of employers,” said Monica Posey, president of Cincinnati State.

CCP is a state-sponsored program that allows high school students to earn college academic credits that will save them time and money when they go on to college after graduation. Some students earn enough credits to be awarded an associate degree before they leave high school, said school officials.

Butler Tech officials said the career school system’s continued mission of delivering more qualified high school graduates to local companies and area colleges is being expanded through its partnership with Cincinnati State, which has a downtown Middletown building branch.

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“All of our students experience a journey at Butler Tech thanks to their passion, purpose and the impact they plan to make in their futures,” said Jon Graft, superintendent of Butler Tech, which is one of the largest career school districts in Ohio.

“Whether it’s the workforce, certifications, the military or college, our students are destined for future success and the partnership with Cincinnati State is an opportunity for our students to further their education seamlessly,” said Graft.

Cincinnati State is Ohio’s designated community college for Butler County. Since opening a campus in Middletown in 2012, the college has expanded its offerings and partnerships across the county, including: Continued development of new programs at Middletown including banking, nurse aide training, electrical engineering technology, addiction studies, and aircraft electronics technology (avionics).

These programs are in addition to the many in-person, online and hybrid programs that can be started in Middletown and completed at the college’s Clifton campus.

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