Employee Benefits

The Annual Benefits Open Enrollment period is now open until May 24, 2017.

Employees at Southern State enjoy a variety of excellent benefits! If you have questions about any of the benefits, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Health Benefits

Medical Insurance

Effective July 1, 2016, provide documentation of completion of the following activities by May 31th of each contracted year for the College’s contribution to the H.S.A or H.R.A account:

Activity Single Family
Annual Wellness Visit $625 $1,250
Biometric Screening $625 $1,250
Health Risk Assessment $625 $1,250
Wellness Event $625 $1,250

Additional Resources

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Life Insurance

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) / Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA)

Purpose of the Plan

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is designed to cover specific out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses you anticipate during the course of the Plan Year. The FSA allows you to use pretax dollars to pay for health expenses not covered by insurance. Expenses payable through the FSA include charges for contact lenses, eyeglasses, dental expenses, plus any deductibles and co-payments. In fact, any medical, dental, hearing or vision expenses that would otherwise qualify as a deduction on your income tax return will qualify for reimbursement as long as the expense is not paid by another benefit plan. You may also pay for dependent care expenses.

A Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) is a health care plan paid for by an employer to reimburse the medical expenses of its employees.

Health Reimbursement Account (H.R.A.) Summary Plan Description


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  • Retirement Plans

    When an employee is hired by Southern State, they are automatically enrolled in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS) if they are considered staff or the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) if they are considered faculty. If hired as a student worker, you are eligible for exemption from OPERS. If you are enrolled in the OPERS plan and are planning to retire in the near future, please visit OPERS’ Ready to Retire.

    Full-time employees are eligible to opt out of OPERS and instead participate in the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP). Employees eligible for the ARP must make an irrevocable decision of which plan they choose to participate in within 120 days of their hire date. If they do not indicate a decision within this 120 day period, they are automatically and irrevocably enrolled in OPERS or STRS.

    Benefit Resources

    Professional Development

    Southern State is proud to offer a new professional development program, thanks to a partnership with the University of Dayton. The University of Dayton Center for Leadership is a unique and powerful resource created by the region's most successful organizations. The University of Dayton partners with top thought leaders to provide innovative, world-class education to senior executives, emerging leaders, and front-line supervisors and professionals.

    For more information on these events view the Professional Development Calendar.

    AT&T Employee Discount

    As an employee of Southern State you could save up to 17% on the monthly service charge of qualified wireless plans. For more information, Click Here.

  • YMCA Employee Discount

    SSCC Employee corporate discount:

    • 20% off membership
    • Offer payroll deduction, automatic bank draft
    • $50 one time activation fee

    Membership Types (price is with the 20% off discount):

    *Membership Type Price
    Adult $36.04
    Couple (2 people living in the same household) $40.75
    Family (2 adults plus dependents living in the same household $45.05
    Senior Adults (65 and older) $33.03
    Senior Family (primary member must be 65 or older) $40.75
    Single Parent Family (single parent plus dependents living in the same household $40.75

    *Please Note: These prices reflect membership to the Highland branch only. A metro rate membership is also available to which allows to all 14 YMCA of Great Cincinnati branches.

    Membership includes:

    • 1 free fitness center orientation with a personal trainer
    • Full gymnasium
    • Walking track (17 laps = 1 mile)
    • Group fitness classes
    • Heated Pool (82-84°F )
    • Child watch (up to 9 years)
      • M-TH 9am-12pm and 4:30-8:30
      • F & Sa 9am-12pm
    • Discounts on additional programs

    Hours:

    • M-F 5:30am-9pm
    • Saturday 7am-6pm
    • Sunday 12pm-6pm

    Western Governors University Employee Discount

    Ohio community colleges’ staff receive a five percent 5% tuition discount. Staff of OACC colleges will also be eligible to apply for scholarships offered through the WGU Institutional Partner Fund. Scholarships are valued up to $2,000.00. For more information, Click Here.

    Franklin University Employee Discount

    Ohio Association of Community Colleges is proud to announce an education partnership with Franklin University. Franklin University is a non-profit, accredited institution with their main campus located in Columbus, Ohio. Franklin currently has over 7,000 domestic and international adult students working toward their degree—which can be completed on campus or entirely online! The partnership awards part and full time faculty and staff of OACC member colleges a 15% off tuition costs for all doctoral programs at Franklin University. For more information, Click Here.