Three Ohio high school-college partners are reporting triple successes this spring with a total of 35 teenagers completing grade 12 with three credentials – a career-technical certificate of completion, a high school diploma and a two-year associate degree. Ohio secondary career-technical education is the keystone of these accelerated learning successes. The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career-Technical Education Director Steve Gratz said these dual enrollment programs serve as “the best examples of a truly career and college ready education.”
- Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (Ashland) and North Central State College (Mansfield) – In the first cohort of the Bioscience College Now program, six students received a bioscience associate’s degree this spring. Among the business partners in this two-year program are WIL Research Laboratories, Samaritan Regional Health Systems and the Bioscience Consortium of Northeast Ohio. Ashland-West Holmes Superintendent Mike McDaniel states that the BioScience College-NOW program “is a great example of what can be created through the innovative efforts of secondary and postsecondary educators, community and state officials, science experts and business professionals.” He reinforced that the problem-based science curriculum provides students with an “outstanding opportunity” to develop a strong foundation for additional postsecondary goals as well as preparation for workforce entry. For more information, contact Amy Elderbrock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mid-East Career and Technology Centers (Zanesville) and Zane State College (Zanesville) – A total of 90 students, including 16 this spring are graduates of the seven-year-old Pathways to Engineering program. There are 23 first-year students who will return in the fall to complete the program. Among businesses providing internships to the students are Purina and Basic Systems. A follow up of graduates finds them in such positions as drafter for Total Control Solutions (Caldwell); signal maintainer for Genesee and Wyoming, Inc. (Coshocton) and concrete and soil quality assurance technician with Terracon (Columbus). For more information, contact Heather Shepherd at email@example.com. “We have taken the guesswork out of college for these younger students,” said Craig Whitson, faculty advisor for Zane State Pathways to Engineering. “We provide academic and advising support – everything to make a student successful, including having a two-year college degree by the time they graduate from high school.”
- Pioneer Career and Technology Center (Shelby) and North Central State College (Mansfield) – A total of 107 students, including 13 this spring are products of the nine-year-old, project-based learning engineering academy called College-NOW. The primary business partners in this two-year program are the Gorman-Rupp Company, Cooper Enterprises, and Hi-Stat. A follow up of graduates finds them in such positions as mechanical designer at GE, electrical engineer at Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. and applications engineer at Stoneridge, Inc. In the 2013-2014 school year, Pioneer will open another dual-enrollment program in Business Management; teens in this program have an opportunity to leave high school with an associate of administration degree. For more information, visit www.college-NOW.org
Among the value-added rationale for these secondary-to-postsecondary partnerships that yield associate degrees at an accelerated pace are: 1) monetary savings for students and their families; 2) accommodation of student ability to achieve sooner and not remain bored in classes; and 3) enhanced quality workers in the employment pool.
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