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


  • Principles of Welding
  • Welding Laboratory
  • 3G Welding Certification Exam Preparatory

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

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


  • Automotive Technical Skills
  • Automotive Systems and Engine Technology
  • Engine Diagnosis and Major Service
  • Vehicle Chassis Systems
  • Automotive Electrical and Accessory Systems
  • Automotive HVAC Systems

Culinary Arts

Prepares you for ServSafe exam


  • Culinary ServSafe
  • 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


  • Graphic Arts Design
  • Graphic for Illustration
  • Color Theory and Design
  • Drawing Basics

Computer Graphic Arts – Digital Photography

Prepares you for Adobe Certified Associate Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop


  • Graphics Arts Design
  • Color Theory and Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Imaging

Emergency Fire Services

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


  • Firefighter 1 and 2

Emergency Medical Services

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


  • Emergency Medical Technician

Formatting and Office Skills

Prepares you for Microsoft Office Specialist Word certification exam


  • Computer Applications for Professionals
  • Keyboarding/Formatting
  • Keyboarding Skill Building
  • Editing, Proofreading and Language Skills
  • Records Management
  • Word Processing – Microsoft Word

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

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


  • HVACR Principles I
  • HVACR Principles II
  • HVACR Field Installation Techniques and Procedures

Help Desk and Computer User Support

Prepares you for CompTIA A+ and Network Plus certification exams


  • Introduction to Computer Networking
  • Microsoft Client Operating System
  • Microsoft Networking I
  • PC Upgrade and Maintenance
  • Help Desk and Customer Support Concepts

Microsoft Applications Professional

Prepares you for Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams


  • Computer Applications – PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Word Processing – Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet – Microsoft Excel
  • Database Applications – Microsoft Access
  • Digital Technologies

Precision Machining and CNC Programming

Prepares you for NIMS Machining Level 1 certificate exam


  • Machine Tools
  • Advanced Machine Tools
  • Computer Numerical Control

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