Ohio Teacher Bootcamp Program Accepting Applications

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The application period for Ohio’s Teacher Bootcamp Program is now open for institutions of higher education. 

Teacher bootcamps bring educators into local businesses to help expose them to the in-demand skill sets their communities need so they can better prepare students to be career-ready upon graduation. 

“This kind of real-world experience will give our teachers a better understanding of what businesses are looking for when they hire, allowing teachers to better prepare students,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “This is another tool teachers have to help their students be college- or career-ready after graduation.”

Institutions of higher education can apply to administer bootcamps. Once awarded, they can enroll teachers into their bootcamp, and when the teachers complete the courses, the institution will be reimbursed for tuition costs. Qualifying coursework is to be delivered in bootcamp format and may include continuing education units or graduate credit coursework.

The goal of the program is to incentivize teacher professional development and expose teachers to the career opportunities for their students in critical sectors such as advanced manufacturing, broadband and 5G, cybersecurity, health care, transportation and other trades. A total of $500,000 is available through the program.

“Education and student preparedness are most effective when there is collaboration between the private and public sectors. This is the driving force behind the initiation of teacher bootcamps,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. “During these programs, teachers are immersed in the local business community, gaining insights into various careers and understanding the essential skills students require for success. Armed with this knowledge, educators return to their schools better equipped to provide students with the necessary tools and guidance for a prosperous career path.”

The application period will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Institutions of higher education can apply HERE.

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.