State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) has announced that the Ohio Controlling Board has approved the recommendation from the Ohio Department of Education to award the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative Personalized Learning Network (OACPLN) a $15 million Straight A grant to support personalized learning and help more students be successful in technical, two- and four-year postsecondary education.

The Straight A grant work will help decrease higher education costs by allowing college credit to be earned while in high school. The Appalachian region sees a lower percentage of high school students aspiring for postsecondary education, and this program helps offset costs and prepare them for the future. Once the project is fully operational, it is estimated there will be an annual savings of $3.6 million in college costs to students and their families.

“This program will not only help college-bound students financially, but will also provide our region with a more qualified workforce that can help attract businesses to the region and create jobs,” Hill said.

The Straight A grant involves 26 Appalachian Ohio districts and one district-sponsored community school. Seven of the schools are located within the 97th House District, which Rep. Hill represents: East Guernsey Local Schools, East Muskingum Local Schools, Foxfire Intermediate School, Franklin Local Schools, Rolling Hills Local Schools, Tri-Valley Local Schools, and West Muskingum Local Schools. This money will impact over 48,000 students in the region.

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