Educators

According to Columbus 2020, the 11-county central Ohio region is home to 63 colleges and universities with a total enrollment of more than 138,000 students and more than 22,000 annual graduates. There are also more than 70 school districts, including Columbus City Schools, the state’s largest school system.

Many of these districts and institutions have embraced the Central Ohio Compact, creating partnerships and launching initiatives that address the Compact’s 65 percent goal of postsecondary attainment by 2025.

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“It’s given them a good glimpse of how hard college is. Someone isn’t holding their hand," said Erica Perkins, a science teacher at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy.
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Developing a competitive workforce

Columbus State is among 13 recipients for the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation 2015 grant. The project titled “Central Ohio Partnership for College and Career Readiness Expansion,” strives to eventually impact more than 10,000 students in seven school partnering districts: Columbus, Groveport-Madison, Hamilton Local, Licking Heights, Reynoldsburg, South-Western and Whitehall. This initiative, which expands the on college’s existing efforts to expose high-school students to college classes, is the work of the Compact focused on seven districts. Read about it here.

The Ohio Department of Education’s Straight A grant program issued a consortium of area school districts a $14.4 million award for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration that will give students an opportunity to earn college credit and get workplace experience. Led by Reynoldsburg schools, the consortium includes Columbus, Canal Winchester, Gahanna-Jefferson, Grandview Heights, Hilliard, Licking Heights, New Albany-Plain, Olentangy, South-Western, Whitehall and Upper Arlington as well as Columbus State and Battelle for Kids. Read more here.

American Electric Power Foundation invests $5 million through the Columbus State Community College Foundation to launch STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) dual enrollment programs at Columbus high schools. Read more here.

Programs

College Credit Plus +×

Through the state’s College Credit Plus program, students can earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from community colleges or universities. The initiative helps college-ready students advance their post-secondary plans tuition free. Learn more about the offerings at Columbus State Community College.

Career-Technical +×

Many students in a Career-Technical high school program qualify to receive college credit for their studies.

Preferred Pathway +×

Columbus State Community College has pathway agreements to a bachelor’s degree with eight Preferred Pathway Partners. Students can “pre-major” at Columbus State for the degree at a four-year institution. Learn more here.

Preferred Pathway Program

Higher Education Partners

K-12 Partners

Bexley HS

Big Walnut Local Schools

Buckeye Valley Local Schools

Canal Winchester HS

Central Crossing High School

Columbus City Schools

Delaware Area Career Center

Delaware City Schools

Diocese of Columbus

Dublin City Schools

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Ft. Hayes HS

Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools

Gahanna Lincoln HS

Graham Family of Schools

Grandview Heights City Schools

Granville Exempted Village Schools

Groveport Madison Schools

Hamilton Township High School

Hilliard Bradley High School

Hilliard City Schools

Independence High School

Jonathan Alder Schools

KIPP Central Ohio

Marysville High School

Marysville Schools

Metro Early College HS

New Albany Local School District

North Union Local Schools

Office of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Columbus

Olentangy Local Schools

Pickerington High School

Reynoldsburg City Schools

South-Western Career Academy

South-Western City Schools

St. Charles Preparatory School

Thomas Worthington High School

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Upper Arlington Schools

Westerville City Schools

Westland HS

Whitehall Yearling High School

Worthington Kilbourne HS

Worthington Schools