East Central education center awarded grant

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East Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ECOESC), in partnership with OhioMeansJobs Belmont County, has been awarded the RemotEdX Subgrant for Partners Increasing the Number of Students Earning Industry-Recognized Credentials.

Their project is titled “PIIRC: Partners Increasing Industry Recognized Credentials for Students in Belmont County.”

It will focus on outreach highlighting the value of industry-recognized credentials, professional learning and implementation of programming for students to earn credentials at their home schools.

The grant provides $150,000 of funding through June 2022.

The East Central Ohio Educational Service Center and OhioMeansJobs are partnering with Building Bridges to Careers and Ohio College Tech Prep: Southeast Region to provide some of the necessary educational components, and will be providing resources to Barnesville Exempted Village School District, Bellaire Local School District, Bridgeport Exempted Village School District, Martins Ferry City School District, Shadyside Local School District, St. Clairsville-Richland Local School District and Union Local School District.

“The ECOESC has already met with every school district in Belmont County individually, and all the school districts are looking to add some IRCs to their curriculum.

The ECOESC and their partners are working with the districts now to design, develop and implement those learning solutions at present time,” said Dan Christian, career navigator for Belmont County.

The industry-recognized credentials verify student competence and that they are valued in the labor market as a validation of knowledge and skill.

They can take many forms, including certifications, certificates and licenses.

Industry-recognized credentials can also help students toward graduation, as they can earn points toward Ohio’s Industry-Recognized Credential graduation seal.

The Ohio law requires that seals be earned by students for the class of 2023 and beyond.

View their Introduction to Industry-Recognized Credentials video and find more information on their website.