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Gates Foundation provides grants to help local students earn higher education degrees

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Thomas J. Lasley, acting CEO of Learn to Earn Dayton and dean and professor emeritus at the University of Dayton, noted that most people don’t move to Ohio for jobs, so to fill in-demand jobs. , it makes sense to already work with students. in Ohio.

“Build and create our intellectual capital. is absolutely essential,” Lasley said. “And that will be one of the ways we can build the intellectual capital that we need for our next generation jobs.”

The Gates Foundation said the grant will help leaders expand this approach beyond Dayton to Montgomery County’s 16 districts, all of Ohio’s premier colleges and other cities across the state.

Sara Allan, director of early learning and pathways for the Gates Foundation, said many of the partnerships in the 12 selected organizations are ongoing. Although the $175,000 grant is for one year, there are opportunities for renewal and partnerships are expected to strengthen, Allan said.

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“These are not new partnerships in many cases,” Allan said. “We believe they are examples of the kinds of enduring community partnerships that will ultimately lead to the redesign of our systems.”

The Gates Foundation noted not only the need to find workers for jobs in fields such as health care, education and manufacturing, but also because nearly a million fewer students go to university now than before the pandemic.

The partnership is also about equity, as research shows that efforts like these help Black, Latino, and low-income students who have historically had less access to quality career education pathways.

“We’ve been advocating for career paths that mitigate college costs for years and Accelerate ED exemplifies a model that will allow students to begin to build a trajectory of career success and understand the real connection between what they learn in school and how it can and will apply to their career goals,” Lasley said.

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The design team was led by Learn to Earn Dayton and Dayton Public Schools and City of Kettering Schools are the district partners. Higher education partners included Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, Central State University, University of Dayton, and University of Miami.

Educational institutions worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Educational Services Center, U.S. Department of Education, Department of Education of Ohio and the Alliance of Mayors of Ohio.