Update on OACHE Budget Status

Given the current economic climate in our nation, the State of Ohio is facing difficult decisions as it develops the 2009-11 biennial budget. The OACHE, which has received significant operating support from the State since 1993 and is codified in state law, is currently not included in the executive version of the budget. The OACHE leadership and board are working to address this problem. Calls and other expressions of support have been greatly appreciated. We will be posting updates as the budget development process progresses.

It should be noted that this situation does not affect the OACHE’s current grant projects or its federally funded Educational Opportunity Center.

Below are links to brief overviews of the OACHE and its recent accomplishments, as well as a directory of the Appalachian Delegation in the Ohio General Assembly. Please contact OACHE Executive Director Brenda Haas (866-466-2243) for more information.

OACHE Overview

OACHE Year 2008 in Review  

Directory of State legislators representing Appalachian Ohio


Last edited on 03.11.2009 at 6:58 a.m. by lrisler

Grant to Provide AP Fee Assistance for Low-Income Ohio Students

The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical Education has received a $244,766 discretionary grant to waive Advanced Placement (AP) test fees for low-income (free- or reduced-price lunch eligible) students. The grant is designed to increase AP course and test access for students who might otherwise be discouraged by financial requirements. AP offerings are aligned with Ohio Core and STEM initiatives. Test waiver funds are also available to Ohio International Baccalaureate (IB) programs within economically disadvantaged schools.

The cost for AP tests is $86 per test. In 2008, 3,397 exams were completed by low-income students in Ohio. In 2009, the participation is expected to be up 25 percent with 4,371 exams completed by low-income students in the state.

For more information, download the two-page overview, or contact Nenna Davis, ODE’s consultant for College Tech Prep and Advanced Placement, at 614.466.9514 or


Last edited on 03.09.2009 at 10:29 a.m. by lrisler

ARC Announces Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency For Schools Program

The Appalachian Regional Commission is accepting grant proposals to help implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in K-12 schools. This program will underwrite costs of installing renewable energy and energy efficiency equipment in K-12 schools in Appalachia, and will provide support for the implementation of associated science, environment, and business curricula in the classroom. Renewable energy equipment eligible for this RFP will include wind power; solar power, both solar thermal and photovoltaics; fuel cells; biofuels; and geothermal systems. A range of energy efficiency technologies are also eligible for this grants program.

A total of $250,000 is available for grants. The ARC anticipates providing six to ten awards under this program, with a maximum grant size of $45,000. The application deadline is May 29, 2009. Awards will be announced on June 30, 2009.

View an overview of the grant opportunity

View the press release

Last edited on 03.05.2009 at 1:18 p.m. by lrisler