Central Ohio is home to a diverse array of K-12 districts and higher education institutions, and the momentum created by The Central Ohio Compact has already galvanized several innovative collaborative initiatives. The partnerships led by the leadership at Columbus State provide an established structure that can be brought to scale to broaden the potential impact of educational solutions.

Successful outcomes of The Central Ohio Compact include:

Preferred Pathway higher education partnerships with OSU and other institutions guarantee access to a bachelor’s degree for Columbus State students.

Pathways to Prosperity Network with the support of JP Morgan Chase, the Ohio Business Roundtable, Battelle, and the Educational Service Center builds a system of grades 9-14 career pathways in collaboration with employers and aligned with labor market demands. Ohio Straight A funds were awarded to Pathways partners to provide innovative programs:

  • Reynoldsburg City Schools, Ohio Pathways to Prosperity partnership of 13 K12 districts throughout Central Ohio to prepare college and career ready students.
  • Marysville Exempted Village partnership of Columbus State with Ohio Hi Point Joint Vocational School, Honda of America, Union County Chamber, and EDWorks awarded to develop an Advanced Manufacturing Academy and Early College High School.

Credits Count partnership with AEP to help Columbus City Schools students earn college credit and career certifications will impact nearly 3,000 students. The program provides STEM experiences, college readiness assessments, a summer bridge program, and an opportunity for students to graduate high school with college credits. The Credits Count replicable model starting at West High School will expand to four additional Columbus City High Schools over the next five years.

New Skills at Work is the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the "skills gap" that exists across many industries, such as healthcare and advanced manufacturing, where not enough trained workers have the specific skills to fill the jobs available. In an unprecedented partnership with the Columbus region, JPMorgan Chase has committed to support expansion of The Central Ohio Compact. The grant will enable the Compact to work with local employers to identify and develop new education and training programs, and replicate and bring to scale identified successful initiatives. Spearheaded by Columbus State, this grant will help the Compact build the infrastructure around a series of regional strategies to ensure students graduate high school ready for college -- and obtain the degrees or credentials they need for a job.