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$10 Million in Grant Funds Awarded to Help Educators Earn Credentials to Teach College Credit Plus Courses


December 16, 2015 - 2:57 PM


COLUMBUS - High school teachers across Ohio will be able to obtain the qualifications needed to teach college courses in high school thanks to $10 million in grant funding allocated by the Ohio General Assembly as part of the Straight A Fund.

The new grants, made jointly by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education, allocate $5 million to universities to develop programs and offer free or reduced-cost courses to teachers. The remaining $5 million allows colleges, universities and high schools to identify and support teachers as they obtain the qualifications to teach postsecondary courses.

The applicants selected to receive grant funds are Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, Franklin University, Ohio Dominican University, Wright State University, the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University at Stark, Cuyahoga Community College, Sinclair Community College, North Central State College, the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, St. Bernard-Elmwood Place City School District, Gallipolis City Schools, the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and Westlake City School District.

“Providing this funding for teacher credentialing will ultimately allow more students to take advantage of College Credit Plus, which is great news for students and families looking to save potentially thousands on the cost of a college education,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “And having more teachers in our high schools with these qualifications helps secure a strong future for the College Credit Plus program.”

College Credit Plus gives eligible students the opportunity to earn college credit from any Ohio public college or university – or participating private college or university – while simultaneously earning high school credit for the same class. Students taking College Credit Plus courses from a public college or university have no costs for tuition, books or fees. Students choosing to attend a private college or university may have limited costs.

“With this grant, more students will be able to take college courses without leaving their high schools,” said State Superintendent Dr. Richard A. Ross. “That allows students to get a jump on their college education in a learning environment that is already familiar to them.”

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