The Ohio Department of Higher Education awarded an Innovation Grant to Shawnee State University in collaboration with the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande Community College and Southern State Community College.
The Innovation Grant will allow SSU and the partnering institutions to expand and devise institutional strategies designed to promote education excellence and economic efficiency for students and citizens of the Southeast Ohio region.
The proposed program will focus on strengthening partnerships between institutions so they can increase completion rates in high demand, career ready programs and reduce the student cost completion. The program proposes to achieve these goals through offering a series of interconnected programs aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) awareness and deficiencies that keep a student from completing a degree in those fields of study.
The program will help participating students understand better what is expected from them in their programs and the skillsets they will need to complete their degree.
“We are very excited to have received the Innovation Grant,” said Dr. Jeff Bauer, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “These funds will allow the university to provide valuable instruction and training in a coding skillset that will help prepare our regional workforce for success in tomorrow’s world.”