New College-Awareness Initiative Targets Jackson County

A new pilot initiative involving the OACHE and numerous public and private partners will encourage and equip more Jackson County students to go to college. The KnowHow2GoOhio Rural Pilot Project officially began with a kickoff celebration on December 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ohio State University’s Jackson County Extension Office. knowhow2goKnowHow2GoOhio is a multimedia and grassroots campaign that helps lowincome and first-generation students in grades 8-10 learn the steps to take to go to college. Launched in March, KnowHow2GOOhio speaks to students in their own language and helps directly connect students to caring adults who can provide one-onone guidance about college. The Ohio campaign is based on the national KnowHow2GO campaign, launched in January and co-sponsored by the American Council on Education, the Ad Council and Lumina Foundation for Education. With a recent $25,000 grant from the Ohio College Access Network, the KnowHow2GOOhio Rural Pilot Project will adapt the KnowHow2Go message for rural students and build upon each community’s supportive resources to help more Jackson County students go to college. At the end of the 18-month grant period, the partners will compile the most effective strategies of the initiative into a model program that can be replicated in other rural communities in and beyond Appalachian Ohio. For more information about the KnowHow2GoOhio Rural Pilot Project, please contact Dr. Brenda Haas, executive director of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education, at 866-GO-OACHE, or Kara Willis, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Board, at 740-286-2838. To learn more about the state-level campaign, visit

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Program Interests Middle-Schoolers in Science

sciencemanThe OACHE sponsored two presentations by Darryl Baynes, president and founder of the Minority Aviation Education Association (MAEA) on December 3 at Shawnee State University and on December 4 at Rio Grande Community College. (A December 5 presentation at Hocking College was postponed due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled.)science man More than 1,100 middle-school students from several school districts in Appalachian Ohio were treated to an exciting presentation on the importance of science education and career choices, a subject that Mr. Baynes reinforced with live demonstrations of scientific principles. The presentations were funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the OACHE. They are a component of Project SAIL (Students Achieving in Life), an year-long initiative to encourage middle-school students to aspire to and prepare for higher education. MAEA’s programs make a meaningful connection between science and everyday life, creating learning experiences for students by designing programs to include hands-on participation whenever possible. All of MAEA’s programs are designed to meet or exceed educational standards stated in the National Science Education Standards Manual from the National Research Council. For more information about the MAEA, visit

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Join the Dialogue on Vision for School in 2015


The OACHE teamed with other education service providers to present “What about Alex?” at the November 2007 Ohio School Improvement Institute in Columbus. The presentation team included Don Washburn, Jr. and Lori Jenkins, South Central Ohio Educational Service Center; Tom Suter, Ohio University-Southern Campus; Mike Staggs, superintendent of New Boston Local Schools; Shaun Yoder, Ohio Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy; and Dr. Brenda Haas, OACHE executive director. Using four prompts, the presenters facilitated a brainstorming session what education will look like in the future for a hypothetical member of the class of 2015 named Alex. The four prompts were:

  1. In 2015 what will SCHOOL look like?

  2. In 2015, what will the students be learning in school and why?

  3. In 2015, what will collaboration in school look like?

  4. In 2015, what skills will be needed in the workforce?

Session attendees and others interested in this important topic are encouraged to continue the dialogue on the OACHE blog. Each of the four prompts will be listed as a separate blog post. Join the discussion and help create a vision in which ALL students excel and have the opportunity to succeed in college and/or the workplace with the skills necessary to be lifelong learners.


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