Learn to Earn

Get a jump on a career in a high-demand field with Learn to Earn

Earn college credits through Stark State College Credit Plus (CCP) courses that lead to a credential for a high-demand job.

It’s simple. It’s free. And you can finish it while you’re still in high school. Earn your high school diploma and an industry-recognized credential and get working. Then you’re also set to use the free college credits you’ve earned toward a Stark State certificate or associate degree to further your career.

Learn to Earn

Learn to Earn

See your high school guidance counselor to complete these steps

  • choose the option that’s right for you
  • fill out an application
  • submit your high school transcript
  • share your placement or ACT scores

With your diploma and credential you can

  • apply for entry-level positions in your field
  • apply for Stark State scholarships
  • use your free credits toward a certificate or associate degree

Choose the path that works for you

3G Welding Certification Exam Preparation

Prepares you for American Welding Society Certified Welder certification exam


  • MST127 Principles of Welding
  • MST128 Welding Laboratory
  • MST136 3G Welding Certification Exam Preparatory

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Prepares you for Automotive Service Excellence Maintenance and Light Repair (G1) certification exam


  • AUT121 Automotive Technical Skills
  • AUT122 Automotive Systems and Engine Technology
  • AUT123 Engine Diagnosis and Major Service
  • AUT124 Vehicle Chassis Systems
  • AUT125 Automotive Electrical and Accessory Systems
  • AUT126 Automotive HVAC Systems

Culinary Arts

Prepares you for ServSafe exam


  • CUL119 Culinary ServSafe
  • CUL120 Sanitation and Safety

Computer Graphic Arts – Graphic Design

Prepares you for Adobe Certified Associate Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Certified Associate Graphic Design and Illustration using Adobe Illustrator exams


  • IMT122 Graphic Arts Design
  • IMT131 Color Theory and Design
  • IMT137 Drawing Basics
  • IMT253 Graphic for Illustration

Computer Graphic Arts – Digital Photography

Prepares you for Adobe Certified Associate Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop


  • IMT122 Graphics Arts Design
  • IMT131 Color Theory and Design
  • IMT132 Digital Photography
  • IMT256 Digital Imaging

Emergency Fire Services

Prepares you for Ohio Department of Public Safety-Ohio Firefighter II certification exam


  • FST228 Firefighter 1 and 2

Emergency Medical Services

Prepares you for Ohio Department of Public Safety-EMT Basic certification exam


  • EMS121 Emergency Medical Technician

Environmental, Health and Safety Technology

Prepares you for the OSHA 10-hour training and the HAZWOPER Operational Level certificate


  • ENV121 Regulations and Compliance
  • ENV221 OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER

Formatting and Office Skills

Prepares you for Microsoft Office Specialist Word certification exam


  • ITD122 Computer Applications for Professionals
  • AOT121 Keyboarding/Formatting
  • AOT129 Keyboarding Skill Building
  • AOT130 Editing, Proofreading and Language Skills
  • AOT132 Records Management
  • ITD102 Word Processing – Microsoft Word

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Prepares you for Environmental Protection Agency Refrigerant Recovery Core + Level 2 certification exam


  • HVC121 HVACR Principles I
  • HVC122 HVACR Principles II
  • HVC227 HVACR Field Installation Techniques and Procedures
  • HVC234 HVAC Electrical Systems and Applications

Help Desk and Computer User Support

Prepares you for CompTIA A+ and Network Plus certification exams


  • NET121 Intro to Computer Networking
  • NET131 Microsoft Client Operating System
  • NET244 Microsoft Networking I
  • NET120 PC Upgrade and Maintenance
  • CIS121 Help Desk and Customer Support Concepts

Microsoft Applications Professional

Prepares you for Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams


  • ITD102 Word Processing – Microsoft Word
  • ITD104 Computer Applications – PowerPoint
  • ITD105 Spreadsheet – Microsoft Excel
  • ITD108 Microsoft Outlook
  • AOT236 Database Applications Microsoft Access
  • AOT107 Digital Technologies

Precision Machining and CNC Programming

Prepares you for NIMS Machining Level 1 certificate exam


  • AIT122 Machine Tools
  • AIT123 Advanced Machine Tools
  • IET223 Computer Numerical Control

These pathways are currently aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Industry Credential and Workforce Readiness Graduation Pathway.