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Mahoning Valley school districts awarded state grants

Ohio selected 54 school districts across the state to receive funds.
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COLUMBUS — Several Mahoning Valley school districts are among those in the state that will receive grants through the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program.

Brookfield, Campbell and The Academy of Urban Scholars Youngstown were awarded Innovative Workforce Incentive Program Grant 1 funds.

Youngstown, Brookfield, Mahoning County Educational Service Center and Trumbull County Educational Service Center were awarded Innovative Workforce Incentive Program Grant 2 funds.

In all, 54 school districts across Ohio were awarded grants totaling $13.5 million. The funds will help districts establish new programs for students to earn industry-recognized credentials in priority industry sectors, a news release states.

"This funding will help more high school students earn in-demand career credentials that lead to quality, higher-paying jobs without the steep cost and debt that comes with many college pathways," Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, said in the release. “Career credentials are what an increasing number of businesses look for when making hiring decisions, and individual Ohioans and the Ohio economy benefit when more high school students graduate career-ready.”

The DeWine-Husted administration and Ohio legislators created the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program to increase the number of high school students who earn industry-recognized credentials. The credentials provide students with in-demand skills that can lead to a high-wage job, the release states.

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