December 15, 2015
Cincinnati State and partners land grant to train young adults
Earlier this year, the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, led by President & CEO Sherry Kelley Marshall (right), convened a partnership of adult education specialists and advocated for the team to apply for a grant to assist adults without a GED or diploma within the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as an urban metropolitan center.
The team agreed and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and its regional partners were awarded the $250,000 planning grant from the Ohio Department of Education for the development of a strategy to assist adults who are over 22 years old, living in Southwest Ohio, and do not have a diploma or a GED. The new Adult 22+ Diploma is designed to provide career exploration and assessment and educational programming for adults to complete their diploma and train for in-demand careers simultaneously.
“Cincinnati State sees the Ohio Adult Diploma program as a much needed option for adults without a high school diploma or its equivalent in Southwest Ohio seeking employment and economic self-sufficiency,” offers Cincinnati State President Monica Posey (left). “It is a privilege to work with our Partners, all of whom have extensive experience working with adults and likewise, appreciate the potential impact the Adult Diploma option can have on improving the lives of thousands in Southwest Ohio.”
Dr. Rea Waldon (left) has been hired as project manager for the Adult 22+ Diploma grant to be implemented in Southwest Ohio. Dr. Waldon’s diverse experience includes workforce development, higher education and banking, as well as essential skills in strategic planning, project development and capacity building. She will convene the partners - Cincinnati State, Cincinnati Public Schools ABLE Program, Great Oaks, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries and the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board - and lead local planning efforts for the Adult Diploma Program which the partners intend to offer in July 2016. Dr. Waldon will coordinate the planning efforts through June 2016.
The planning grant provides funding to convene local stakeholders, particularly prospective adults interested in earning the Ohio Adult Diploma; to plan how to best recruit potential students, assess their current knowledge; and to address potential challenges such as illiteracy. They will also engage industry leaders to determine the most in-demand jobs in the region and identify the types of certifications graduates need to qualify for those positions.
State data shows that Ohio adults without high school diplomas are twice as likely to live in poverty as those with diplomas. In Ohio especially, data shows that high school level career-technical education programs are effective in preparing students for success in college and careers. More information about the Ohio Adult Diploma can be found here.
More information about specific plans for the Ohio Adult Diploma Program in Southwest Ohio will be forthcoming in early 2016.