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Media Advisory
News Date: August 27, 2019

Ohio Mayors Alliance Recognizes Columbus With Grant

The Ohio Mayors Alliance recognized Columbus with a grant award for the City's joint work with I Know I Can and Columbus City Schools to promote seniors taking charge of their futures, crossing the finish line at graduation, and then reaching higher by going to college, getting a job, beginning a career, or serving in the military.

"Our city's future economic success depends on today's students getting a great K-12 education and then going on to earn a degree or credential," said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. "We want to recognize young people's smart choices and inspire students who are following them. We're growing tomorrow's workforce today."

The Alliance awarded a total of more than $200,000 to seven cities that are stepping up to support Ohio's Complete to Compete challenge, an effort that is designed to help meet the State's goal that by 2025, 65% of working-age Ohioans will have a 2-year or 4-year college degree, or a high-quality credential. Columbus will receive $30,000.

With these funds, the City and Columbus City Schools will provide leadership and support to I Know I Can, ensure seniors in every CCS high school have access to I Know I Can counselors, ensure these counselors help seniors develop timelines and benchmarks to get them across the finish line of graduation, and host an “All Seniors In” rally - a unique event that will bring together all the members of the senior class of 2020 to celebrate their success.

Ohio's ability to attract and keep good jobs depends on having a highly qualified workforce. An estimated 2/3 of Ohio jobs in the near future will require education beyond high school. Ohio ranks 36th among the states for its citizens' educational attainment, according to the Lumina Foundation's A Stronger Nation.

The Mayors Alliance, in partnership with Learn to Earn Dayton, and with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the AT&T Foundation, created the Mayors Education Advocacy Grant program to engage mayors and leverage their voice to help promote Ohio’s educational attainment goal.

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About the Ohio Mayors Alliance: The Ohio Mayors Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of mayors in Ohio’s largest cities. It has been working to strengthen the partnership between state and local leaders since its formation in 2016. For more information on the group’s policy priorities and its members, please visit: www.OhioMayorsAlliance.org.