Students in need can get financial help at Sinclair: Here’s how

Students in Sinclair’s EMT certificate program practice in an ambulance simulator in the college’s new health sciences center.
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Students in Sinclair’s EMT certificate program practice in an ambulance simulator in the college’s new health sciences center.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education has awarded Sinclair Community College a grant to help students in need complete short-term certificate programs at the school.

The state will give Sinclair $350,000 to to help Ohio residents pay for courses toward short-term certificates, which are programs that can be completed in less than a year in in-demand career fields, according to the college.

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The grant will provide tuition assistance to those students, who can choose from a variety of certificate programs such as, emergency medical technicians and nursing assistants, according to Sinclair.

Students will be able to enroll in the new program this fall. Along with the grant , Sinclair’s board of trustees has approved $100,000 scholarship funds toward the program.

“This grant will help our students get trained, complete a certificate program in less than a year and prepare for jobs in the community that are in-demand,” Sinclair president Steve Johnson said in a prepared statement. “Finding and meeting community needs is exactly what our goal as a college is and we’re grateful for this opportunity.”

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A Dayton Daily News investigation in February found that certificates are a booming business for community colleges and universities. Certificates made up more than 60 percent of the academic credentials awarded by Sinclair last year.

But, the explosive growth of certificate programs has also raised questions about oversight as only one type of college certificate faces an individual layer of oversight from an outside agency.

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