Montgomery County, Ohio School District Secures $3 Million Through the Ohio Career Technical Construction Grant Program
5 Jan 2024
In a pivotal move to align education with the rising job market demands, a Montgomery County, Ohio, school has recently been awarded substantial funding from the Career Technical Construction Program. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced nearly $200 million in grants for 35 schools, with the Centerville-Kettering-Oakwood Career Tech Compact receiving a noteworthy $2,778,219 to enhance its advanced manufacturing and engineering programs.
Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine has expressed the urgency of preparing the workforce for economic growth, emphasizing the importance of expanding career centers. The grant is a testament to Montgomery County’s commitment to bridging the gap between education and employment, especially as the resurgence of American manufacturing amplifies the need for skilled workers.
Ohio Career Technical Construction Grant Program Boosts Montgomery County Schools
Through a collaborative effort, the Centerville, Kettering, and Oakwood districts welcome students from all three schools to apply. The career center emphasizes education on technical subjects like mathematics, science, communication, technology. Additionally, they provide hands-on learning, work-site experiences, critical thinking, and problem-solving. This approach positions students for success in a competitive job market.
Kettering, Centerville, and Oakwood High Schools united under a career tech compact, are at the forefront of this initiative, offering career-technical education starting in the junior year of high school. This significant funding injection will be instrumental in constructing and expanding programs for these students.
Bridging the Gap Between Classroom and Career in Montgomery County, Ohio
The misconception that vocational programs steer students away from college has been debunked. Career-technical education now integrates rigorous academic requirements with hands-on courses, encouraging students to explore diverse fields such as engineering, healthcare, computer graphics, auto technology, and culinary arts. This progressive approach is reflected in the 16 career fields available to Ohio high school students.
“Workforce development continues to be the leading issue for Dayton area employers, and we aren’t going to solve the problem without continued public-private investments,” said Chris Kershner, President and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Workforce investments today will support jobs and our economy tomorrow.”
Montgomery County Community and Economic Development Advances Workforce Development Opportunities
Montgomery County, Ohio’s dedication to workforce development, as evidenced by the substantial grant received, sets a precedent for other regions. By fostering a seamless connection between education and employment, Montgomery County is preparing students for post-graduation success.
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