Million dollar grant will support local teachers and students

The grant will allow teachers to become qualified to teach college-level courses in high school.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A $1 million grant is going to help local educators continue teaching College Credit Plus courses in local high schools.

The Mahoning County Educational Service Center is among a select number of applicants in the state to be awarded the grant. The money will be spread among a five-county region in northeast Ohio, with teachers in Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull, Ashtabula and Portage counties benefiting.

The grants are provided by both the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Higher Education.

The College Credit Plus program went into effect last year, allowing eligible high school students to earn both high school and college credit for a course.

The grant will help teachers obtain credentials to teach these classes. To get those extra credentials, many teachers have to go back to school and pay for it themselves. The grant money will now help with that expense.

“The big advantage is, we’re going to have teachers who can go back to school and they don’t have to have out-of-pocket costs to do that,” said Dr. Doug Hiscox, assistant director of Teaching and Learning at MCESC. “It’s ultimately going to increase the opportunities for the students throughout the area.”

Some school districts can only offer a few College Credit Plus classes, because there are not enough teachers with the proper requirements to teach them.

Teachers must apply for the free or reduced cost classes to become fully credentialed for the College Credit Plus program. Grant applications will be on Youngstown State University’s website, as well as on MCESC’s website, beginning December 22. Interested teachers can apply online.

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