LIMA — Educational leaders from Lima Central Catholic, Vantage Career Center and the Ohio State Board of Education recently discussed new initiatives to retain and educate regional talent during Real American Sunrise on Friday.
Lima Central Catholic
Beginning next year, LLC students will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree of arts or science through a partnership with Rhodes State College. The credits are guaranteed to transfer to any public university in Ohio.
“This amazing opportunity gives students the power to immediately go into our local force or enroll in college with half of the money and time spent,” said LCC Director of Enrollment Management and Alumni Relations Kayla Nocera. “This support along with the stewardship of service and strong academic foundation set our students on the path of being the next community leaders.”
Vantage Career Ccenter
As a way to fill the current vacant jobs in the community, Vantage Career Center provide its students with career education opportunities that allow students to explore a business and the opportunities available.
The center is also looking to expand its middle school manufacturing and health care camp, create new credentials for its 600 programs and continue its CDL and criminal justice programs.
“We are seeing a big shift,” said Rick Turner, superintendent at Vantage Career Center. “We are all trying to keep our young people within the region and keep our talent here, and we are all working together to do that.”
Ohio Department of Education
In an effort to address the lack of young employees in Ohio with soft skills, the Ohio Department of Education has initiated the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal, a designation placed on transcripts and high school diplomas.
In order to earn it, students have to demonstrate 15 essential professional skills and have three reputable mentors within and outside the school district to sign off on their progress. Students will be evaluated and granted the seal based on goals provided to their mentors.
“This seal will show personal strength, strong work ethic and strong professional experience for the businesses that are saying that these are things that they need,” said Tess Elshoff, Ohio State Board of Education president.
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