Developing Strong Regional Partnerships

Sherri Hrusovski, Coordinator for the STEM Professional Services office with the College of STEM at Youngstown State University recently presented along with Vicki Thompson, Director of Adult Education Programs at Trumbull Career & Technical Center (TCTC) and Kelly Darney, Director of Adult Education at Columbiana County Career and Technical Center (CCCTC) at the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) Conference on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The three colleagues presented on Developing Strong Regional Partnerships.

As the lead for the Oh-Penn Internship Clearing House grant and the PICAM2 (aka Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops2), Youngstown State University College of STEM initiated the partnership with the educational institutions from Ohio and Pennsylvania during the OH-Penn grant and then became a part of the OMIC2 grant proposal which only involved the State of Ohio institutions. The goal was to create a network of educational institutions and employers to support internships and co-ops.

Partners in this initiative include:

Eastern Gateway Community College
Choffin Career & Technical Center
Columbiana Co. Career & Tech Center
Mahoning Co. Career & Tech Center
Trumbull Career & Tech Center
Kent State University – Trumbull

Butler Co. Community College
Penn State University – Shenango
Slippery Rock University
Theil College

The presentation was geared towards discussing the collaboration between the entities, the struggles, the benefits, and how to be a success while building strong partnerships. This presentation has also been accepted for the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Second Annual Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC2) Grantee Meeting on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Columbus State Delaware Campus. Presenting it will be Terry Hutson, Assistant Director, Columbiana County Career & Technical Center (CCCTC); and Christina Costello, Assistant Coordinator from YSU Williamson College of Business Administration.