$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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