Matt Ames - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

Before Congressman Pat Tiberi represented Ohio's 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was a student at Columbus State, taking classes to earn his real estate license.

"Simply stated, it was a great experience," says Tiberi. "Karl Schneider taught real estate law while I took classes at Columbus State.  His careful instruction transcends my time spent as a realtor and continues to guide me in Congress. It speaks volumes for the school and Professor Schneider that his instruction influences me, still."

"We are fortunate to have a dynamic institution such as Columbus State in our community."

Tiberi took real estate courses at Columbus State in 1994 and 1995 and worked as a realtor from 1995-2000 while he was serving in the Ohio legislature. He was first elected to Congress in 2001.

Tiberi says attending Columbus State gave him a greater appreciation for the critical role the school plays in the Central Ohio landscape.

"We are fortunate to have a dynamic institution such as Columbus State in our community," says Tiberi. "I can tell you from personal experience that it provided a terrific opportunity for me."

Columbus State provides access to higher education at a reasonable cost and in a setting that is more intimate than larger colleges, says Tiberi. "It acts as a stepping stone for students to help plan their futures, including the decision as to whether or not attending a traditional four year institution is right for them."

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State