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Columbus State celebrates 50 years in Ohio capital

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A community college in Ohio's capital is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a visit from the state's higher education chief, a flash mob performance and a cake created by a pastry chef who teaches at the school.

Columbus State Community College said its Monday celebration would include Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey.

The school began as the Columbus Area Technician School in 1963, when it had just 67 students. After 50 years and two name changes, it now has 25,000 students at two campuses and nine learning centers.

The school is inviting students to celebrate by signing a banner as a pledge to complete their degrees.

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