YSU Selected for Ohio Teacher Bootcamp Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University is one of eight institutions of higher education that has been approved to offer Ohio’s Teacher Bootcamp Program.

Teacher boot camps connect educators to local businesses so they can learn more about the in-demand skills needed to be successful in the current workforce. The program aims to help educators better prepare students for career readiness upon graduation.

“I am pleased these colleges and universities are taking the lead and implementing these boot camps to provide teachers real-world experiences they can take back to the classroom to help better prepare students for life after graduation,” Gov. Mike DeWine said. “With an emphasis on in-demand jobs, teachers will help spark interest in career paths that will help our communities thrive.”

The other institutions of higher education that were approved are Ashland University, Lake Erie College, Malone University, Miami University, Sinclair Community College, University of Cincinnati and University of Findlay.

“We’ve seen great success from communities doing this independently, and today’s awards will help us grow the program to serve more students, schools and communities,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. “This is a win for everyone involved because we are showing teachers what a career looks like in their community so they can bring that knowledge back to the classroom and incorporate it into their lessons, teaching their students what skills are in demand to help create the future talent pipeline for businesses near them.”

During boot camps, educators complete related coursework and participate in business tours to learn about in-demand skills firsthand. Through these experiences, educators are exposed to new industries, jobs and skills so they can use real-world knowledge when teaching their students, helping to better prepare them for a career in their community upon graduation. 

The eight institutions of higher education that received approval through the program will facilitate the teacher experiences and receive reimbursement for tuition costs of coursework taken by teachers when they earn graduate credit or continuing education units.

“I commend these institutions for taking this extra step to ensure that educators are prepared not only to teach, but also to better prepare their students for success and service in their own community,” said Mike Duffey, Ohio Department of Higher Education chancellor.

More information about the program is available HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.