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Ohio’s community colleges are an affordable, plentiful, option
KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
(Columbus) Of Ohio's community colleges and career centers, two of the top three offering the lowest tuition for Ohio residents are within an hour's drive of Columbus.
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District, located just north of Chillicothe, offers the least expensive in-state tuition for students at $559 for 2017-18 sessions, according to data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education.
At a tuition cost about $200 more, the Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County charge Ohio residents $768 for tuition.
The second least expensive in-state tuition for the entire state was recorded at Ohio Technical Center at Vantage Career Center in Van Wert for $620.
Pickaway Ross and Career and Technology Education Centers, which report respectively enrollments of 306 and 286, offer curricula with a focus on health care, skilled trades, public safety and computer technologies.
The educational programs at the technical centers are aimed at directing or retraining adults toward trades and professions that historically have been understaffed.
The NCES provides parents and students with information on graduation rates, pricing, accreditation and campus crime at more than 7,000 institutions of higher learning.
The data is available via the NCES web portal, College Navigator.
The remaining two-year schools offering the lowest tuition making the list are:
Tri-County Adult Career Center in Nelsonville - $821;
Auburn Career Center in Painesville - $1,950;
Clark State Community College in Springfield - $3,359;
Belmont College in St. Clairsville - $3,541;
North Central State College in Mansfield - $3,591;
Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville - $3,645; and
Sinclair Community College in Dayton - $3,674.
Date Published: July 25, 2018