COLUMN: Preparing Today's Students For Careers Of Tomorrow
A Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager
December 20, 2017
 
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Education today is what prepares the workforce of tomorrow.  A strong education system in Ohio is necessary to ensure we are leading the pack and preparing our next generation for an ever-evolving economy and growing workforce demands. For a number of years now, high school students have had the opportunity to get a jump-start on their college career through the Ohio College Credit Plus program. I encourage you to explore this great opportunity and learn more about the benefits to today's students. 

More than 68,000 high school students in Ohio took college classes during the 2016-17 academic year, earning college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements, and collectively saving more than $144 million on the cost of higher education. The program’s second-year numbers are up from the 2015-16 academic year, when slightly more than 54,000 students participated at a total savings of nearly $124 million on college tuition.

With the cost of higher education continuing to rise, increasing collaboration between our higher learning institutions and Ohio’s high schools is critical to the success of our state. Because the program is funded with state education dollars, and tuition rates negotiated with Ohio colleges and universities, there is little or no cost to participating students and families. 

In order to help accommodate students with different needs, some college courses offered under College Credit Plus may be offered at your local high school. You may also travel to the college where you have been admitted or enroll in one or more online courses offered by that college.

If you know a student who falls in the 7-12 grade range, I encourage you to take some time to explore all of the opportunities the College Credit Plus program can provide. For more information, visit www.ohiohighered.org/ccp.

I truly believe that resources for innovative learning, a focus on student achievement and preparing our graduates for jobs of the 21st century will help boost Ohio’s economy.  Please do not hesitate to contact me by calling (614) 466-0626, emailing Oelslager@OhioSenate.gov, or by writing me at 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
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