Lake County Ohio’s Perry and Riverside school districts are pleased to announce they have been awarded $150,000 in a partnership with Blanchester and Walnut Township Local School Districts, EnvisionEdPlus, and Young Entrepreneur Institute from a RemotEDx grant. The schools will use the funds to develop a co-designed project, entitled Transforming Career Readiness, which aims to create equitable systems that will increase on-time graduation and improve post-secondary outcomes for all students, especially disadvantaged youths.
The Transforming Career Readiness program will develop six career readiness pathways (1 at Perry and Blanchester, 2 at Riverside and Walnut) for ninety at-risk high school students to earn qualifying credentials, meet career and competency requirements for graduation, and earn an OMJ (Ohio Means Jobs) Readiness Seal on their diploma which is a formal recognition from the state that indicates the student has the personal strengths, strong work ethic, and professional experience that businesses need. To earn the seal, a student must work with at least three experienced mentors who verify the demonstration of certain skills in the workplace, school, or community.
Each high school will develop a team of three to six staff members who will participate in training to help them plan at least one new career readiness pathway aligned to student interests and regional workforce needs. Every pathway developed will include opportunities for students to perform up to 250 hours of work based learning, earn twelve industry credentials in one career cluster, earn the OMJ Readiness Seal, demonstrate leadership and reasoning skills, and earn at least one additional diploma seal. Remote, in person, and hybrid methods will be used to achieve these outcomes.
““Perry is a district continually seeking to inspire and engage students through community partnerships, career mentorships, service and solving real-word issues,” said Perry School’s Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Betty Jo Malchesky. “The RemoteEDx grant is another outside funding source secured for the district so students have every opportunity to pursue greatness and make a positive mark on this world.”
RemotEDx is an initiative that brings together learning partners throughout Ohio to enhance remote, blended, and hybrid education models. More information can be found at https://remotedx.infohio.org