Valley ESCs Recognized for Business Advisory Councils

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Business Advisory Councils of two Mahoning Valley educational service centers are among those recognized by the state.

Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Stephen D. Dackin, Ohio Department of Education and Workforce director, on Monday announced the state’s 2024 Business-Education Leader Awards for Excellent Business Advisory Councils

The Business Advisory Councils being honored demonstrate excellence in developing professional skills for the future, building partnerships and coordinating experiences, which contribute to preparing students for success, a news release states

The Business Advisory Councils of the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio, which partners with Mahoning County school districts, and Columbiana County Educational Service Center each was recognized with three stars. That indicates the councils “implement many quality practices throughout the year to create a culture of career-focused opportunities for all students,” according to the release.

Columbiana County Educational Service Center.

“Ohio recognizes the vital role of Business Advisory Councils in fostering strong partnerships that benefit students across the state,” DeWine said. “These councils serve as bridges between classroom learning and real-world experience, creating dynamic learning environments that prepare students for future careers.”

Husted agreed.

“I always say that those who collaborate best win, and Business Advisory Councils are a prime example of that because they allow businesses to directly help schools better understand how to prepare students for career opportunities right in their local communities,” he said. “This helps businesses create a local talent pipeline and helps more students prepare for careers without college debt.”

The application-based set of awards recognizes educators, business partners, staff, schools, businesses, educational service centers, joint vocational school districts and communities that come together to create dynamic, career-focused learning environments for students.

Pictured at top: The Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.