Ohio Secretary of State Meets with Innovative, Top-Rated Nonprofit
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Meets with PIE about Innovative, Educational Tools for Local Students
CINCINNATI – (July 6, 2017) Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted met with Cincinnati-based Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) and its business and educational partners on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to discuss how PIE creates transformational and results-driven educational tools to help prepare Ohio students for the 21st century workforce and success in the global marketplace.
PIE helps local students gain “hands on” career experience and solve real world challenges faced by businesses and non-profit organizations. “We were thrilled to present the success from our programs featuring local organizations and their work in bridging classroom work to real world careers in health care, cybersecurity, manufacturing, aerospace engineering, 3-D technologies, data analytics, and biotechnology. It was a great opportunity for us to share our ideas and discuss new and innovative ways we can help Ohio students realize their dreams and guarantee 100 percent employment in Ohio’s emerging career pathways,” said Mary Welsh Schlueter, CEO of PIE.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted recently recognized PIE in May for Non-Profit Month as part of the Ohio Business Profile program. Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 making people aware of Ohio companies that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process.
“If Ohio is going to win the future it will be through talent, which is why the work being done to educate and prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce by organizations like PIE is so important,” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said. “It was great to learn about how PIE’s work to bring students together with local organizations to develop a strong mentoring relationship and empower those students as they shape their own careers and gain valuable job experience is having a positive impact in the local community.”
PIE also received grant support recently from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as part of its “Community Connectors” program. PIE has received three consecutive Community Connectors grants in support of its programs for local students. Established in 2014 by the governor and Ohio legislature, the ODE Community Connectors program brings together students, their parents, schools, communities, faith or values based organizations and businesses in mentoring programs. The grant program seeks to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways for civic engagement that will result in high educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for Ohio. To learn more about the Community Connectors grant program, visit http://communityconnectors.ohio.gov/.
Partnership for Innovation In Education (PIE) develops transformational educational tools preparing the 21st century workforce for success in the global marketplace. With its CaseLab program, PIE features first-ever career simulation and mentoring alliances with business, education and arts organizations, providing hands-on learning in the K-16 classroom. PIE is a 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, awarded the GuideStar Nonprofit “Platinum” Ranking and is an Ohio School District Partner. For more information, visit http://stem.piemedia.org or follow @PIE_Innovation on Twitter.