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South Central Ohio ESC awarded grant

The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston has been awarded a grant for Innovative Strategies for Improving College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities, through the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education.

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) received a total of 87 grant applications with representation from each of the 16 State Support Team regions, and awarded 20 grants statewide. The SCOESC will receive $219,000.

“The grant will be used to service all of our local school districts through our high school cooperative programs, and our Center for Alternative and Progressive Education students,” said Sandy Mers, superintendent of the SCOESC.

The focus of the grant is to utilize evidence-based predictors and practices to improve the coordination and delivery of secondary transition services for students with disabilities ages 14-21 in order to better prepare students for successful post-school outcomes in the areas of competitive, integrated employment, education/training, and independent living.

“We are extremely excited to be able to provide additional training to the students in hopes of increased transition into positive careers or college placements,” Mers said.

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