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Ohio's Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils Announced

Release date: 3/2/2021

COLUMBUS, OHIO – March 2, 2021 - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria together with Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced Columbiana County Schools Business Advisory Council and Cincinnati Public Schools Business Advisory Council have been awarded Ohio's 2021 Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils. Specifically, the Columbiana County Schools Business Advisory Council was recognized for “Excellence in Developing Professional Skills for the Future,” and “Excellence in Building Partnerships.” The Cincinnati Public Schools Business Advisory Council was recognized for “Excellence in Coordinating Career Development Experiences.” In addition, two councils were honored as four-star advisory councils and 10 were recognized as three-star councils.

Ohio is proud to be home to more than 120 Business Advisory Councils that engage with schools and collaborate about business and workforce needs, as well as educational programming that responds to those needs. To highlight the work of these councils, the Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with the Ohio Business RoundtableOhio Chamber of CommerceOhio chapter of the National Federation of Independent BusinessOhio Farm BureauOhio Manufacturers’ AssociationOhio ExcelsOhio Restaurant Association and Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, developed Ohio's Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils. This application-based set of awards recognizes applicants that demonstrate excellence in the three Quality Practices:

  • Excellence in developing professional skills for future careers;
  • Excellence in building partnerships; and
  • Excellence in coordinating career development experiences.

“Ohio’s Business Advisory Councils work with students, educators and business leaders to set students up for success,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “This collaborative effort ensures that students have the tools they need to prepare for a future in-demand career through initiatives that promote career exploration, workforce development and work-based learning.”
“We’re so proud of the work these Business Advisory Councils are doing, together with their partner schools, to nurture leadership qualities and important workplace readiness skills in students and contribute to the talent pipeline for businesses. It’s a real win-win proposition.” said DeMaria.
To learn more about the work of Business Advisory Councils, to watch a video of today’s event and view the criteria for these awards, visit the Business Advisory Councils webpage.

Ohio’s 2021 Four-Star Business Advisory Councils:
Cincinnati Public Schools
Columbiana County Business Advisory Council

Ohio’s 2021 Three-Star Business Advisory Councils:
Building Bridges to Careers
Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio
ESC of Northeast Ohio
Marion Area Workforce Acceleration Collaborative
Montgomery County ESC
Muskingum Valley ESC
Noble Local School District
North Point ESC
Piqua Business Advisory Council
Tri-County ESC
Contact for News Media:
Mandy Minick at Mandy.Minick@education.ohio.gov or (614) 816-4451
The Ohio Department of Education is a diverse team of passionate, education-focused professionals dedicated to fulfilling the vision established in Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education. The vision is, “In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.” Ensuring this vision for each of Ohio’s 1.7 million students, in partnership with more than 240,000 educators across the state, is no small feat. Under the leadership of the superintendent of public instruction and governed by the State Board of Education, Department team members, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, are sharply focused on helping schools and districts continually improve to be the best they can be for each child. Equity and impact are core to every program, service and action. The Department’s work is well regarded both in Ohio and nationally for its innovative, leading-edge and forward-looking approach. When the Department succeeds, students succeed, communities succeed and Ohio succeeds.