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MOESC Business Advisory Council Receives Business Advisory Council Award

Mansfield, OH (February 17, 2023) – The Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors held their February regular meeting on Wednesday, February 15th. Amy Wood, Director of Grants and Special Projects shared that the Mid-Ohio ESC was recently awarded a 2023 Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils by the Ohio Department of Education in collaboration with Lt. Governor Jon Husted. The Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils recognizes two-, three- and four-star rated Business Advisory Councils throughout the State of Ohio for their exceptional work building strong partnerships to instill professional skills for future careers and coordinating experiences for students.

Mid-Ohio’s Business Advisory Council convenes education and business leaders to engage in dialogue, build trust and identify strategies that transform the student learning experience. It is Mid-Ohio’s goal that the on-going, intentional collaboration will result in a more responsive education system based on regional economic drivers and needs, and the expansion of locally focused career readiness learning experiences for students. The activities provided by the Ready for Hire after school and summer learning program, a collaboration with the SPARC Council, are an example of such an activity. This program is funded by two grants, designed in alignment with Business Advisory Council Quality Practices, ensuring that students can participate in environments that allow them to develop skills that will aid them in future employment. In addition to professional or “soft skills” needed for workplace success, students enrolled in the program are learning coding, 3D printing, working with drone technologies, and exploring virtual reality technologies connected to career clusters. There are coordinators for each school in Richland, Crawford and Morrow Counties. Schools with students who are interested in enrolling can contact the appropriate coordinator as listed below.

Richland County: Karrie Davisson, davisson.karrie@moesc.net
Crawford County: Kevin Foreman, fourman.kevin@moesc.net
Morrow County: Becky McKinniss, mckinniss.becky@moesc.net

Other items discussed included three Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center grants that fund four after school programs at Galion City Schools. These grants provide before and after school programs that provide reading and math intervention, positive youth development, family engagement and career readiness activities for students in grades 6-12. 

For more information on any of these exciting initiatives, feel free to contact Amy Wood at wood.amy@moesc.net or by calling (419) 774-2506. The next Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at noon. 

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 11 school districts and over 18,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists. 

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