The Ohio Department of Education together with the Ohio Department of Higher Education today announced the release of $3 million in grant funding to help high school teachers obtain qualifications to teach college courses in high school as part of the College Credit Plus Program. The funding was allocated in the biennium budget, HB 166.
Six lead educational entities will work with more than 100 secondary school districts and 19 colleges and universities to provide teachers with the necessary graduate coursework that ultimately will expand the number of College Credit Plus offerings for students.
“As a result of the funding announced today, more Ohio high school teachers will qualify to teach College Credit Plus courses, which in turn creates more opportunities for high school students to participate in this wonderful program,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “College Credit Plus is an amazing pathway for our students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. This program really empowers students to meet their future educational and career goals by giving them a free head start on postsecondary learning.”
Those entities serving as fiscal agents for the grant are Kent State University, Cleveland State University, the University of Cincinnati, Nelsonville York City Schools, North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, and the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center.
“The College Credit Plus program has saved Ohio families more than $416 million on the cost of college tuition in the past three years,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “It has truly been a game changer when it comes to helping students prepare for their future, and this grant provides the opportunity to put more teachers qualified to teach College Credit Plus courses in the classroom.”
College Credit Plus gives eligible students the opportunity to earn college credit from any Ohio public college or university – or participating independent institution – while simultaneously earning high school credit for the same class.
For more information about College Credit Plus, click here.