WednesdayNovember 13, 2019

CState celebrates success of first-generation students

Cincinnati State joined the national celebration of First-Generation College Student Success on Nov. 8.

  • The celebration was sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), a nonprofit organization established in 1981, and the Center for First-Generation Student Success.
  • The Nov. 8 date honors the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. Like other landmark legislation of the 1960s, HEA was intended to help "level the playing field" for Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds.
  • The HEA created federal grants and loan programs to help students finance their educations, and provided support for the Federal TRIO programs that encourage college access, retention, and completion for low-income, first-generation students.

To learn more about the HEA and the history of the National First-Generation College Celebration, click here.

Cincinnati State receives grants and administers three TRIO College Access Programs: TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, and TRIO Traditional Upward Bound.

Bryant Favors is part of the Student Support Services (SSS) program at CState.

A "non-traditional" student in his late 40s, Bryant is majoring in Civil Engineering Technologies, with a GPA of 3.2, and plans to complete both the Construction Management and Surveying options.

He was awarded a Cincinnati State scholarship, and is enrolled for 13 credit hours this semester.

College Access Programs Director Regina Livers said Bryant takes advantage of program services including coaching and the Study Center, and works regularly with his SSS coaches to make plans for completing his academic and co-op requirements, and then looking to the future.

“I may work on my bachelor’s degree next," Bryant said. "I may just keep going!”

Ndieme Ngom also participates in the College's Student Support Services program. Ndieme is majoring in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and expects to graduate in December 2020.

Ndieme is the Vice President of Student Government, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society, and the recipient of the Crystal Bossard Scholarship for ECE students.

She said, "Since attending Cincinnati State, my mindset toward life has changed completely." She plans to continue her education at Mt. St. Joseph University, and then pursue a career in teaching.

"My long-term goal is to open my own school, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Learning," Ndieme said.

Regina Livers said Ndieme has taken advantage of coaching, tutoring, and other services provides by SSS, including helping her obtain stable housing for herself and three small children.

Alejandro Hernandez and Robert Cote are students at Mt. Healthy High School who participate in the Traditional Upward Bound (TUB) program administered by Cincinnati State.

The Upward Bound program offers after-school and summer enrichment activities to help college-bound high school students successfully graduate and attend the college of their choice.

Alejandro is a junior at Mt. Healthy and has participated in TUB since his freshman year. He is also enrolled full-time at Cincinnati State through College Credit Plus. In addition, Alejandro is varsity soccer captain at Mt. Healthy, and president of the Beta Club (focused on service and leadership). He also plays baritone saxophone in several school bands.

Alejandro said, “Upward Bound has been nothing but a pleasure. I’ve enjoyed my time in the program and am thankful for the doors it has opened."

Robert is a senior who joined TUB in winter of his junior year because he wanted help improving his grades and test scores and preparing for next steps.

Robert now says, “Upward Bound is my second family,” and he is a leader for peers and younger students. He pushed himself in last summer's ACT math class and raised his score by five points. Robert is planning to attend college and is busy investigating his options.

More information about Cincinnati State College Access Programs is available on the College website at

NSO & BMI team promotes Nov. 14 Blood Drive

Nursing Student Organization president Nautia Reed (above) teamed with the Black Male Initiative student organization on Oct. 30 to provide health education and promote participation in the BMI Blood Drive that takes place Thursday, Nov. 14.

The Blood Drive location is Main 324 (Clifton Campus) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The collaboration of student organizations provided information about the importance of cancer screening for men and women, encouraged sign-ups for the blood drive, and helped support fundraising efforts for BMI.

Volunteers needed for "Girls on the Run" Cheer Zone on Nov. 16

The Cincinnati State Girls on the Run Cheer Zone is seeking students, faculty members, and staff members to spend a few hours on Saturday, Nov. 16, providing support for young women from the area who are participating in a 5K run/walk event.

The Girls on the Run program “inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.” Girls on the Run offers a ten-week program for girls in grades 3 through 8 to “develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness.”

The program culminates in a celebratory 5K run/walk for about 3,000 girls, with supporters from local businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations joining forces to cheer the runners on to the finish line.

Cheer Zone organizer Meredith Effler said Cincinnati State has supported Girls on the Run for several years.

"We have a lot of fun in the Cheer Zone (as seen in the photo), and hope to have a large crowd of Cincinnati State volunteers on hand to encourage the girls this year," Meredith said.

Meredith said volunteers need to be in the designated Cheer Zone (on the corner of W. Mehring Way, Gest, and W. Pete Rose Way) by 9 a.m. and should plan to stay until about 11:30 a.m.

"This is a child-friendly event, so you can bring your family and friends to help us cheer," Meredith added.

Click to download additional instructions and parking information.

If you plan to join the Zone, please send a message to Meredith ( so she can provide updates, as well as coffee and donuts for the Cheer Zone group.

Health Professions Career & Education Fair on Nov. 20

The Cincinnati State Career Center and the Transfer Center are hosting a Health Professions Career and Education Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The Fair is in Conference Center Room 342 on Clifton Campus.

Students who attend can meet with about 20 employers and higher education partners (see list below).

To RSVP to attend, and also learn more about skills the employers are seeking, visit

  • Job Fair Tipsheets are available in the Career Center, or send an email request to 
  • Resume Assistance is available in the Career Center. Make an appointment through Starfish to set up a time for resume help.

Updates for the Career and Education Fair are available on the Career Center Facebook page:

Employers attending the Fair include:

  • Cherishing Lives Home Care Agency
  • The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • CSL Plasma Hamilton
  • Eastern Personnel Services, Inc.
  • The Home at Taylor's Pointe
  • Life Enriching Communities - Twin Towers and Twin Lakes
  • Lincare
  • Mercy Health
  • Northern Kentucky Health Department
  • OhioHealth
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • St. Joseph Home

Educational partners attending the Fair include:

  • The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Franklin University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Ohio University
  • Western Governors University

Join the SGA Talent Show on Nov. 20

Cincinnati State's Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting a Talent Show on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m., and all students, faculty, and staff members are invited to participate.

The Talent Show will take place in the ATLC Auditorium (ATLC 211) on Clifton Campus.

Individuals and groups are invited to show off your singing, dancing, music-making, joke-telling, or other entertaining skills. Groups can include "outsiders" but at least one group member must be affiliated with Cincinnati State.

For more information, or to sign up, send a message to SGA Advisor Sarah Knight (

Also, plan to attend a dress rehearsal on Monday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the ATLC Auditorium

If you're not going to be in the show, you can still plan to attend on Nov. 20 to support students and colleagues (and you might win a raffle prize)!

I-75 & I-74 Construction Update (Nov. 14-15)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled overnight projects near the Clifton Campus related to major reconstruction of I-75 & I-74.

Thursday, Nov. 14 -

  • (NEW) Close the ramp from I-74 East to I-75 North from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 to repair a damaged traffic control device. Traffic will be detoured to I-75 South to Hopple Street to I-75 North.
  • Various lane closures on I-75 South from Mitchell Avenue to Monmouth Street nightly from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day.
  • Short-term full closures (30 minutes) on I-75 North and South between Mitchell Avenue and Monmouth Street nightly between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • Short-term full closures (15 minutes) on I-74 East and West within the work zone nightly between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • Single-lane closure on I-74 West from the I-75 North merge with I-75 South nightly from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 15 -

  • Single-lane closure on I-74 West from the I-75 North merge with I-75 South from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
  • Short-term full closures (15 minutes) on I-74 East and West within the work zone between midnight and 4 a.m.
  • Short-term full closures (30 minutes) on I-75 North and South between Mitchell Avenue and Monmouth Street between midnight and 4 a.m.

Arrow boards and/or signs will alert motorists of the work zone and restrictions. All work is contingent upon the weather.

To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone. Remember, move over or slow down.

For ongoing traffic, construction, and and weather-related information, please check

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