Autum Barry, a Project Lead The Way medical intervention teacher at Logan High School, is one of seven teachers nationwide to receive the National Teacher of Excellence award for 2014. Barry and the other six teachers received the honor during the Nov. 12 Project Lead The Way national summit in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Logan Project Lead The Way program started eight years ago. The program contains four junior-senior-year courses aligned with college credit and embedded with real-world experiences. Barry’s other honors and accomplishments include being the biomedical sciences representative on the Ohio Executive Council and service on assessment writing teams.
Project Lead The Way is a non-profit organization focused on providing K-12 STEM programming through project- and problem-based curriculum. It exists in more than 6,500 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Utica Shale Academy, located within Southern Local Schools in Columbiana County, is about to graduate its first student. Austin Sadler, the only senior in the academy, completes high school in several months with a diploma and three certifications for the oil and shale industry: Rig Pass, which is for safety; Drilling Instructors Training; and Well Controlled Certification.
Barely a year old, Utica Shale Academy is a blended-learning, charter school. Traditional course work aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards is provided by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center Virtual Learning Academy. Industry-based curriculum is endorsed by the International Association of Drilling Contractors with materials from the Ohio Oil and Gas Education Energy Program.
An advisory board serves to give the academy added insight into the oil and gas industry and to prepare for changes in the job market. According to the Academy’s Web site (www.uticashaleschool.com), Ohio employs more than 178,000 people in the industry, which is still in the drilling stage.
Department announces $2.5 Million planning grant for Adult Career Opportunity Pilot Programs
Dr. Richard A. Ross, state superintendent of public instruction, is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for the development of Adult Career Opportunity Pilot Programs.
As many as five community colleges, state community colleges, Ohio technical centers or technical colleges around the state will receive up to $500,000 each in planning grant funds in fiscal year 2015 to develop their own Adult Career Opportunity Pilot Program.
The program, to be implemented in 2015-2016, will be designed to assist adults ages 22 or older in completing their high school diplomas while also earning an industry credential or certificate. The funds will be distributed geographically among five regions.
The application deadline is Nov. 21, 2014.
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Brookville student awarded Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship
Grace Klosterman, a Project Lead The Way biomedical senior from Brookville, is one of 250 students nationally and one of five youth in Ohio accepted into the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship program. Grace is receiving elective credits from Johann-Michael-Sailer-Gymnasium, a high school near the village of Blindheim, Germany, while finishing up English and religion classes remotely to graduate next spring from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton.
Introduced under a Presidential initiative in 1983, the exchange program aims to strengthen U.S.-German relations through cultural understanding. More information about youth cultural immersion programs can be obtained at www.afsusa.org.
A local board of education may adopt a resolution that its district will not provide career-technical education students enrolled in grades 7 and 8. The Ohio Department of Education must receive that resolution by Sept. 30, 2015 in order to grant a waiver to the district for 2015-2016 school year.