State Reps. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 145 to create the STEM Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program. This workforce development and education program would give high school students the opportunity to receive education in a targeted industry while simultaneously earning high school and college credit.


“This is a tool that can help make sure every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential while better preparing them to compete for jobs of the future,” said Rep. Stephanie Howse. “Building partnerships between schools and businesses strengthens our communities and makes higher education more accessible and more affordable for our kids and families.”


Through the partnership, high school juniors and seniors can gain clarity in their understanding of local in-demand career options. It also places them on a path to a more affordable college degree or certification through the College Credit Plus program.


“Although public-private partnerships in education are being encouraged by the State, there is no formal process or program by which to establish such partnerships,” said Rep. McColley. “This bill would establish a loose structure for such partnerships to ensure the students are able to get the most out of their participation, while still allowing local control over the curriculum to most effectively utilize the private partner’s strengths.”

 
 
 
  
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Reps. Howse, Clyde Introduce The Ohio Equal Pay Act

 

State Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the introduction of House Bill 330, the Ohio Equal Pay Act. The legislation aims to address the persistent problem of unequal pay between women and men.