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Ohio Dominican Partners with CSCC to Address Workforce Needs in Insurance Industry

Students who complete a two-year associate degree in Business Management at Columbus State, and who meet certain academic requirements, will be guaranteed admission to ODU to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Risk Management & Insurance.

Sep 6, 2019

Ohio Dominican University (ODU) and Columbus State Community College (CSCC) have partnered to create a pathway to help students achieve their goal of preparing for and securing employment in the rapidly growing insurance industry.

Through the CSCC-to-ODU Risk Management Program, students who complete a two-year associate degree in Business Management at Columbus State, and who meet certain academic requirements, will be guaranteed admission to ODU to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Risk Management & Insurance.

In addition to receiving guaranteed acceptance at Ohio Dominican, eligible CSCC students will receive:

  • The ability to complete their bachelor’s in Risk Management & Insurance 100% online at ODU;
  • Guaranteed on-site and/or off-site interviews with Central Ohio insurance employers upon the completion of their degree;
  • Scholarship assistance to attend ODU;
  • Ability to participate in ODU’s 4+1 Program, in which they can earn an MBA with a Risk Management concentration during a third year of study at Ohio Dominican;
  • Automatic membership into ODU’s Gamma Iota Sigma chapter, an international collegiate professional fraternity for students pursuing careers in the Risk Management industry;
  • Access to Ohio Dominican’s Career Development Center to receive guidance while seeking internship and employment opportunities;
  • Personalized assistance during their transition from CSCC to ODU.

“This partnership will put CSCC students on a pathway toward earning valuable industry credentials at ODU that they need to not only secure a position in, but also advance their career within the growing insurance profession in Ohio and across the country,” said Angela Deimling, program director of ODU’s Risk Management & Insurance Program. “Our risk management students have access to faculty with valuable industry experience, and they’ll have an opportunity to leverage their relationships as well as Ohio Dominican’s strong corporate partnerships as they pursue a career in this rewarding field.”

“This partnership with ODU provides more options for our students,” said Carmen Daniels, chairperson for Business Programs at Columbus State. “As the workforce needs in the insurance industry continue to expand, students will be able to take their associate degrees and transfer seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree program.”

According to an economic study conducted in 2016 by Regionomics, Ohio’s risk management and insurance industry will need to add 29,000 jobs to its workforce by 2025 to maintain current levels of service. This shortage is due in large part to retirements and the expansion of positions within the industry, which include the areas of actuary, claims, IT, marketing, and sales.

Students who are interested in learning more about this partnership can visit cscc.org/ODU or contact Mary Whitt at mwhitt@cscc.edu. For more information on Ohio Dominican’s Risk Management & Insurance program, visit ohiodominican.edu/RMI.