COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 69, sponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City), which seeks to streamline and maximize the Course and Program Sharing Network. Program Share, as it is commonly known, allows colleges, universities, and adult career centers to share existing programs with one another in order to save on costs of establishing a program from scratch.
The goal of the program is help the state’s higher education system respond more quickly to changes in workforce demand experienced on the regional or state level.
“Every day, the economy changes and places new demands on the state’s workforce,” said Beagle. “We need to do everything in our power to address these changes through education initiatives and make certain our workforce is prepared for job openings across the state. This is a program about matching job seekers with companies in need of new talent and skills.”
The legislation would move the administration of Program Share from its current location with a brokering partner to the Ohio Board of Regents and provide incentive funding to encourage the development of program sharing agreements between schools. This new model works to reduce administrative costs and allow revenue generated to be divided entirely between the two participating schools.
Senate Bill 69 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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