Press Release

Scholarships Will Further Bolster Ohio’s STEM Workforce

Scholarships funded through the Choose Ohio First (COF) program will boost Ohio’s efforts to strengthen the state’s workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The scholarship will support an estimated 4,850 students pursuing STEM degrees and certificates. The scholarship was announced by Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor Randy Gardner after the award total of $42,920,740 (to be awarded over the next five years) was approved by the State Controlling Board.

Ohio Announces Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Awards

A total of 30 schools will share $2.5 million to help Ohio students seeking to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The Ohio Department of Higher Education today announced the recipients of funds through the Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program. The program promotes and encourages job growth for Ohio’s commercial drivers through educational training. A total of $5 million in funding is available through the program over the next two years. A second round of funding will be forthcoming later this year.

State Committee on Computer Science Seeks Ohioans’ Ideas to Make Ohio a National Leader in Computer Science Education

Ohio’s most recently enacted state budget contained language that called for the creation of a first-of-its-kind State Committee on Computer Science. That group, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and Ohio Department of Education, had its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, and its leaders are inviting Ohioans to help answer one key question:

What would it take for Ohio to become a national leader in computer science education?

Statewide Anti-Hazing Plan Released 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has launched a statewide plan for preventing hazing at colleges and universities across the state.

The plan includes a model anti-hazing policy as well as guidelines for various college and university stakeholders to use in developing and implementing anti-hazing education and training programs. Materials in the plan were created in response to Senate Bill 126, also referred to as Collin’s Law in honor of Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old man who died in a hazing incident in 2018. 

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