Seniors to Sophomores Early Adopters Grant Program Announced

On March 10, 2008, the Ohio Board of Regents, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education and the Partnership for Continued Learning, will begin accepting proposals for planning grants of up to $100,000 to assist “Early Adopters” with implementation of the Seniors to Sophomores initiative announced by Governor Ted Strickland in his 2008 State of the State Address. (Download the Request for Applications)

Seniors to Sophomores is a dual enrollment program that enables academically qualified high-school seniors to earn a year’s worth of both high school and college credit at no cost to the student. “Early Adopters” may also choose to expand and encourage other dual enrollment or accelerated learning programs such as Advanced Placement, College Tech Prep, International Baccalaureate, and the traditional Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program. However, respondents to this Request for Applications must offer the Seniors to Sophomores program as one option to qualified students.

Any public school district or community school may apply in collaboration with an identified University System of Ohio partner(s). Planning grants will be awarded up to $100,000 each. The Seniors to Sophomores program is not intended to be a competitive grant process. All acceptable applications will be funded up to a total of $4 million.

Interested parties are invited to participate in a conference call about the grant program on March 6 from 8:30-10 a.m. Contact Corey Hawkey at 614-466-5812 to receive dial-in instructions for the conference call.

Emailed applications will be accepted beginning March 10, 2008, and should be sent to Deborah Gavlik c/o the Partnership for Continued Learning, at Any questions regarding the RFA may also be directed to Deborah Gavlik.

Download the Request for Applications

Last edited on 02.29.2008 at 11:56 a.m. by lrisler

Grant Writing Workshops

The Ohio Department of Development and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, in partnership with Ohio’s three Local Development Districts and The Appalachian Regional Commission, invite you to participant in a two-day Grant Writing Workshop that will provide a comprehensive overview of grant writing.

The workshop is dedicated to enhancing your skills for writing compelling proposals that will augment your organization’s activities through increased funding.

This hands-on grant writing workshop is for those who are unfamiliar with grant writing, or desire to enhance current skills. Participants who are currently in the process of writing a grant application are encouraged to bring proposals to the workshop. Individuals will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the facilitator to review and discuss proposal

Individuals and organizations serving Ohio’s Appalachian region are encouraged to take advantage of this workshop, particularly those in the Appalachian Regional Commissiondesignated distressed counties (Athens, Meigs, Pike, and Vinton Counties).

Please download the brochure and application: GrantWritingWorkshopBrochure.pdf

Last edited on 03.04.2008 at 8:38 a.m. by rwebb

Zane State College Ranked Ninth in the Nation

Dr. Paul Brown, President of Zane State CollegeZane State College, one of the OACHE’s ten member higher-education institutions, is ranked ninth among two-year colleges in the nation, according to a report released this week by Washington Monthly.

The results are based on graduation rates and on student feedback as collected in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, or CCSSE. The survey measures how well two-year colleges are using teaching techniques that lead to better learning.

“We are proud that we represented Ohio in such a positive way,” said Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane State College. “The ranking is a real source of pride for the College and the communities we serve.”

Dr. Brown credits Zane State College’s supportive boards and the personal touch philosophy—demonstrated by faculty and staff, as well as members of the community—as factors that had the greatest impact on its high ranking.

“Over and above the rankings, CCSSE tells us how we are satisfying our students’ needs,” said Dr. Brown. “Our success depends on our ability to solicit feedback from students and area employers and we’ve managed to do this very well. The end result is a graduation rate approaching three times the national average and alumni who go on to fulfilling careers.”

Washington Monthly cites the fact that 43 percent of all college freshmen begin their education at two-year institutions as an important reason for ranking two-year colleges.

Specific measurements in determining the rankings include academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, support for learners, student effort, and graduation rates.

The Washington Monthly article, “America’s Best Community Colleges,” is available at

For information about Zane State College’s programs, or to apply, contact the Admissions Office at 740-588-1226 or toll-free at 800-686-8324 ext. 1226, or visit the College’s website at

Last edited on 02.22.2008 at 8:57 a.m. by lrisler