News - Ohio Awards $3.2 Million to Northeast Ohio Higher Education Institutions for Creating Internships and Co-ops

December 13, 2012 — The Ohio Board of Regents announced awards that will create internships and co-ops for up to 3,500 college students statewide through an $11 million state investment with matching dollars from employers.  Higher education institutions in Northeast Ohio fared well in the competitive Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops grant, with the following colleges and universities receiving a total of $3,247,353: Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, Lorain County Community College, Stark State College, University of Akron, and Youngstown State University.

NOCHE collaborated with the region’s higher education institutions to develop Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops programs and help forge business-higher education alliances for creating internship positions.  With particular expertise in experiential learning through its signature internship program, NEO Talent Exchange, NOCHE will provide a variety of services to award recipients including employer training and outreach, online student and employer courses, targeted Linking Talent to Opportunity events, and data management services.

“Our research consistently shows that Northeast Ohio’s employers are ready and eager to infuse new talent into their organizations, and internships and co-ops are among the best ways to do so,” said NOCHE Executive Director Ann Womer Benjamin.  “We are pleased to partner with the region’s higher education and business communities to expand internship and co-op opportunities in 2013.”

Funding was awarded to 10 community colleges and 13 public or private universities statewide.  Applicants were required to partner with businesses from JobsOhio target industries including advanced manufacturing, aerospace/aviation, automotive, biohealth, energy, financial services, food processing, information technology, polymers and business functions such as logistics and research and development.

“These awards are meant to provide Ohio employers with opportunities to benefit from the talents of Ohio’s college and career technical students,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro.  “And they’ll provide students with valuable internship or co-op experience.”

The announcement from the Ohio Board of Regents included Northeast Ohio higher education institutions receiving awards and brief descriptions as follows:

  • Cleveland State University will place up to 102 student interns in northeast Ohio businesses while recruiting faculty mentors to connect classroom learning and workplace practices.
  • Cuyahoga Community College will support local employers with outreach and technical assistance and support up to 105 student interns.
  • Kent State University will support up to 200 student interns and improve the intern tracking system to discover new opportunities and develop a strong feedback loop between the university and area companies. Will also create an Intern Advisory Board to help improve internship experiences.
  • Lorain County Community College/Stark State College will support the creation of up to 135 new internship/co-op opportunities while creating employer preference for community college talent and developing the Career Advantage Program and the Career Advantage Transcript Designation.
  • University of Akron will educate employers about the benefits of co-ops and internships using individual contacts, regional partners, workshops and conference calls, and will use one-time seed money to provide a match for employer contributions to support a new co-op or internship program.
  • Youngstown State University will increase work-based learning in northeast Ohio, Appalachia and the Mahoning Valley in Advanced Manufacturing, and provide partial wage reimbursement to employers for new student internships.

A complete list of award recipients and collaborating partners is available at the Ohio Board of Regents website.

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