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Short-Term Certificates Point to Long-Term Opportunity

$50,000 grant supports scholarships for CSU students pursuing in-demand jobs

Cleveland State University has received a $50,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support short-term certificate programs designed to prepare successful graduates for in-demand jobs in Northeast Ohio.

The funding provides need-based $1,000 scholarships for students in the following CSU programs:

  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy (graduate certificate): Blending coursework in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Monte Ahuja College of Business, this program provides a strong foundation in legal and business concepts pertaining to cybersecurity and data privacy.
  • Software Engineering (graduate certificate): Students master best practices in the engineering of software systems in this program, offered through the Washkewicz College of Engineering.
  • Professional Sales (undergraduate certificate): Administered by the Ahuja College of Business, this interdisciplinary program is dedicated to educating the next generation of sales professionals based on the evolving needs of the sales industry.
  • Real Estate and Property Management (undergraduate certificate): Upon completion of this program offered through the Ahuja College of Business, students are qualified to sit for the Ohio Real Estate Licensure exam.

“Our short-term certificate programs prepare individuals to excel in occupations across Northeast Ohio where there are more openings than applicants,” said Nigamanth Sridhar, Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate Studies at CSU. “We are grateful for the support of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, which is an investment in workforce development that ultimately benefits the entire region.”

Scholarship applicants must submit a statement describing how their credential will enable them to successfully obtain employment. CSU’s College of Graduate Studies oversees the scholarship program. Details on how to apply will be announced by October 15.