Congratulations are due to Marion City Schools in Marion County, Ohio. They were recently awarded not one but two grants: a Straight A Fund grant, and a $50K Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) Grant to continue their work ensuring that every Marion graduate leaves high school with more than just a diploma. Some will take advantage of community partnerships to earn industry-recognized credentials that will lead to living wages upon graduation, while others will pursue targeted career pathways – earning up to 60 college credit hours – by participating in College Credit Plus in partnership with OSU Marion and Marion Technical College. No matter which path they choose, Marion graduates will be well prepared for college and career.
Debbie Howard, EDWorks’ Chief Operating Officer, cites these grants as a “vote of confidence” for the hard work the district has undertaken for the betterment of their students and their community.
“The district leadership is on a mission to connect Marion students and teachers with the community and to help students understand how the knowledge and skills they learn today will translate to a better life and a rewarding job in the future,” says Howard. “That energy is contagious!”
With the help of EDWorks coaches, and under the leadership of Superintendent Gary Barber, teachers and administrators in Marion are committed to ensuring success for every graduate, not just in high school, but in college, career, and life.
Jillian Kuhlmann is the Communications Specialist for KnowledgeWorks.