Facts About Ohio Career Colleges and Schools

The State Board of Career Colleges and Schools registered approximately 260 Ohio Career Colleges and Schools, plus 50 out-of state schools who recruit Ohio students. Over 96,000 Ohioans chose to pursue their Post-Secondary education in one of Ohio Career Colleges and Schools.


Career Colleges and Schools are postsecondary institutions that provide educational programs that are:

  • Professional 
  • Technical 
  • Career Specific 

Provide training for over 200 occupational areas
Issues Certificates, Diplomas & Degrees

School and College Programs and Student Enrollment 

There are four types of registered instructional programs that can range in length from a few days to over four years:

  1. Certificate Program” means generally one or more technical courses usually completed in one to twenty-six weeks, normally with a single skill objective. 
  2. Diploma Program” means a program of instruction offering technical and basic course work. The program generally ranges in length from six hundred to fifteen hundred-clock hours; or more than forty but less than ninety-quarter credit hours; or more than twenty-seven but less than sixty semester hours. 
  3. Associate Degree Program” means a group of technical, basic, and general education courses which full-time students may complete in a minimum of two academic years, six to eight academic quarters, or four semesters. 
  4. Advanced Degree Program” means a program of instruction at thebaccalaureate, masters or doctorate level of instruction that is approved by the Board of Regents.

During FY 2011, Ohio’s career colleges and schools offered a total of 1,876 programs.

The following table indicates the enrollment and placement activities of the schools registered with the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools in FY 2009. 


Are owned and operated by:

  • private individuals 
  • private investors
  • public corporations

They pay local, state & federal taxes.
They receive no direct financial support from the state of Ohio.



  • 9046 employees earning $264,634,668
  • Spent over $642,676,332 on goods & services

Career college and school graduates make a continuing contribution to the economy.

  • Because of their improved productivity. Graduates of these institutions have higher personal incomes and pay more taxes.
  • Second, career colleges and schools are businesses that pay salaries, buy goods and services from other businesses and pay taxes to the local, state and federal government.

Additional Cost Savings to the State

Each student that chooses a Career College or School to pursue their postsecondary education represents a significant cost savings to the State.  If they were all to enroll in the two-year or four-year college system in Ohio, the cost in state subsidies would represent a significant amount of tax money.

Placement of Graduates

Placement statistics compiled in this report indicate that 74% of the individuals who complete their education find employment following their graduation. Graduates of career colleges typically stay and work within the area they attend school, not adding to the brain drain that Ohio has been focused on preventing.