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
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
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.
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.