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The Need for New Approaches to K-12 Education and Workforce Development

The Need for New Approaches to K-12 Education and Workforce Development

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The State of Ohio created the Ohio STEM Learning Network, operated by Battelle Memorial Institute in 2008 as a tool to develop student skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These public STEM schools also focus on preparing students for successful careers in the 21st century through problem based learning. Despite Ohio’s existing STEM resources, no steps have been taken at the K-12 level to create a 21st century workforce for Ohio’s largest industry, AgBioscience. The new Global Impact STEM Academies seeks to fill this skills gap. While other states have taken steps to create ag-science high schools, no other state has envisioned a network of region schools located in urban environments, which leverages public and private resources, and uses a STEM curriculum as a workforce development tool to focus learning on bioscience, food science energy, and environment.
The State of Ohio created the Ohio STEM Learning Network, operated by Battelle Memorial Institute in 2008 as a tool to develop student skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These public STEM schools also focus on preparing students for successful careers in the 21st century through problem based learning. Despite Ohio’s existing STEM resources, no steps have been taken at the K-12 level to create a 21st century workforce for Ohio’s largest industry, AgBioscience. The new Global Impact STEM Academies seeks to fill this skills gap. While other states have taken steps to create ag-science high schools, no other state has envisioned a network of region schools located in urban environments, which leverages public and private resources, and uses a STEM curriculum as a workforce development tool to focus learning on bioscience, food science energy, and environment.

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Global Impact STEM Academies 
The Need for New Approaches to K-12 Education and Workforce Development
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More than 1,000,000 Ohioans work in the food, agriculture, bioscience, and environmental fields,
making it Ohio’s largest industry. This
industry employs 1 in 7 Ohioans and is constantly growing.
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Nearly 500,000 Ohioans are unemployed, however there are over 100,000 unfilled jobs, many inhigh-tech fields that require college degrees, as listed on www.ohiomeansjobs.com
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Only 34% of Ohioans hold at least a 2-year degree, placing Ohio in the lowest 25% of states in degreeattainment; a recent Georgetown University study found that future jobs in bioscience, food science,agriculture, and related fields will increasingly require post-secondary degrees.
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Traditional agricultural-education programs in Ohio public schools are declining at a rate of 5% every 4 to 5 years. These negative trends are in sharp contrast with national and international demands for increased food supplies, alternative energies, and environmental stewardship.
What is Global Impact STEM?
The State of Ohio created the Ohio STEM Learning Network, operated by Battelle Memorial Institute in2008 as a tool to develop student skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These publicSTEM schools also focus on preparing students for successful careers in the 21st century throughproblem based learning.
Despite
Ohio’s
existing STEM resources, no steps have been taken at the K-12level to create a 21
st 
century workforce for Ohio
’s largest industry, AgB
ioscience.
The new GlobalImpact STEM Academies seeks to fill this skills gap. While other states have taken steps to create ag-science high schools,
no other state
has envisioned a network of region schools located in urbanenvironments, which leverages public and private resources, and uses
a STEM curriculum as aworkforce development tool 
to focus learning on bioscience, foodscience energy, and environment.
Curriculum, Experience, and Exit Points
Global Impact STEM Academies would have an industry focusedcurriculum and a project driven school day, modeled from the currentSTEM curriculum offered at
METRO High School 
in Columbus, Ohiofound at
www.themetroschool.com
. By utilizing blended and digitallearning models, students will be able to customize and personalizetheir educational experience. Students will learn at their own pacewith a goal to accelerate high school credit achievement so
a portionof the 4 year high school experience will also include obtainingcollege credit at no cost 
to the student or parents. And upongraduation,
 
with a high school diploma and a college transcript,students will be ready to enter the workforce immediately or enter
one of Ohio’s excellent 2
- or 4-year collegiate programs. This studentdecision will be impacted by the insight they receive from
industry internships offered at each Global Impact STEM Academy to every student.
 Strong support from private industry will allow each Global Impact STEM Academy to provide studentswith a realistic and engaging educational experience. Internships will allow students to apply theirknowledge and gain valuable experiences. The end result is a stable and effective pipeline of studentsinto the agbioscience workforce.
Keys to Success
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Building Leader and Faculty are Innovators
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Unique and EngagingEducational Experience
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State of the Art Facility 
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Private Sector Involvement Through Internships and Financial Support 
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Redefined School Day and School Year 
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Leverage Blended and Digital Learning Models
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Hardwired to a World-Class University 
Global Impact STEM Academies
 
 An Innovative New Approachto K-12 Education to Meet the
World’s Challenges
 

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