Dean Tuck and Ms. Davitt, a third year nursing student at OUC and Chillicothe native, met with Ohio State Senator Bob Peterson and Representative Gary Scherer, who represent Ohio districts 17 and 92 respectively.
During their time with Sen. Peterson and Rep. Scherer, conversations centered around the importance of regional campuses, partnerships that OUC has developed in the Chillicothe area and the advantages of the College Credit Plus program for high school students.
“We are grateful for the time that Sen. Peterson and Rep. Scherer took the time to speak with us about the importance of affordable education in the region and for allowing us to highlight the strategic initiatives that OUC has taken to further educational opportunities for students,” said Dean Tuck. “They were impressed by the strong partnerships that are being formed in Chillicothe and our responsiveness to educational and financial needs of high school students seeking to reduce college debt through participation in the College Credit Plus program.”
Davitt, who graduated from Chillicothe High School in 2014, shared her experiences with the lawmakers regarding both the CCP program and affordable education.
“OUC offered something that all the other schools I was looking at didn’t,” she said. “I was able to pursue a four-year degree after participating in the CCP program in high school at an institution that was affordable, local and nationally recognized.”
College Credit Plus, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, allows high school students to earn dual credits while taking courses from community colleges or universities for free. OUC currently has 160 students enrolled in the program.
The Chillicothe campus has developed firm working relationships with key organizations to leverage their strengths for the advancement of student success. With the help of Adena Health System, OUC is able to offer an academic degree completion program that is tailored to help the health system’s employees gain the necessary skills needed for career advancement. Since 2015, Adena employees can pursues a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree with an emphasis in health care administration and applied management.
Beginning in the fall of this year, students at the Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center were afforded an opportunity to pursue an associates degree in Environmental Technology through an expanded partnership. Students are also able to utilize the OUC health and wellness facility on campus to work toward their sports medicine program completion.
OUC has numerous other liaisons with businesses, organizations and institutions throughout the region that focus on the advancement of our students and the community as a whole.