News - Ohio Board of Regents Announces Internship/Co-Op Grant Recipients

Grant Money Designed to Benefit Business/Education Partners and Ohio Students

March 11, 2014 – Nearly 2,500 students at Ohio community colleges, universities, and technical centers will benefit from new or expanded co-op and internship programs thanks to a state investment of close to $11 million over the next two years with matching dollars from key industries across the state. Campuses will create new or expand existing co-op and internship programs to better serve students and businesses.
The grants are part of Governor John Kasich’s workforce development strategies to align Ohio’s higher education curriculum with skills that are in demand by Ohio’s businesses so that students are better positioned for jobs in Ohio after graduation. Ohio businesses benefit by getting a preview of the talent available in Ohio and becoming part of the higher education/workforce dialogue as talent investors rather than just talent receivers.
“These grants will provide Ohio employers with opportunities to benefit from the talents of Ohio’s college and career technical students,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey. “And they’ll provide students with valuable internship or co-op experience that will put them on the right track toward a successful career in Ohio.”
The state funding, from casino license fees, is specifically for this purpose. Funding was awarded to 10 community colleges and 15 public or private universities that are partnering with 30 other postsecondary institutions, including 11 Ohio technical centers. Grantees are required to match at least 100 percent of the awarded money with private funds.
Schools will partner with hundreds of small, medium, and large businesses across the state to provide paid and credited internships and co-ops to their students. Businesses in JobsOhio key industry sectors or functions – including advanced manufacturing, aerospace/aviation, agribusiness/food processing, automotive, biohealth, energy, financial services, information services/software, polymers/chemicals, and business functions such as logistics, consulting and research and development – will hire Ohio students as co-ops or interns.
The Northeast Ohio lead institutions and their partner schools receiving the awards, the amount received, and brief descriptions are as follows:
Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College - $799,148, will re-focus career services on demand-driven business engagement and student personal and professional development; provide academic departments with staff, workforce trend data, and technical support to enhance faculty involvement with businesses; and, employ new systems to better measure and report program outcomes and impacts.
Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College – $870,740, will seek solutions to expand work-integrated learning to every student; enhance faculty professional development related to business engagement; and increase integration of co-ops & internships into curriculum and provide students with scholarships, workshops, and job shadowing so they are job ready.
Kent State University and Ohio Northern University – $562,371, will expand business partner relationships and revise career services infrastructure; create centralized operations aspects across campuses to better support decentralized activities; and use best practices to create sustainable programs, support businesses, and ensure academic integrity of experiences.
Lorain County Community College – $524,674, will identify and use best practices in student engagement such as peer-mentors, networking, and professional development; expand faculty support and professional development and technical assistance to businesses; and disseminate best practices to Ohio Completion by Design Cadre Group.
Stark State College – $446,372, will allow for cooperative work with the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) to engage business and place students; engage and incentivize more students with scholarships for successfully completing internships; and start the student intern ambassadors program to strategically market the internship message to students.
University of Akron – $799,826, will increase the number of placements at current business partners and increase number of new business partners; provide full funding to explore use of co- ops at small/start-up businesses; and establish infrastructure for campus programs where co-op experiences are not currently part of the curriculum.
Youngstown State University and Choffin OTC, Columbiana County OTC, Eastern Gateway Community College, Mahoning County OTC, and Trumbull OTC – $661,013, will significantly increase number and quality of for-credit co-ops and internships in the regional economy through incentives to students and businesses; create self-sustaining professional development suite to be used by students and businesses providing soft and hard skills training; and enhance coordination and infrastructure of programs in region.


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