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Getting Ohio kids to consider careers in manufacturing and insurance
Ohio's Board of Regents is looking at alternatives to four-year degrees

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M.L. Schultze
Cheryl Hay's focus as deputy chancellor is looking closely at alternative students and career paths.
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Ohio’s higher education chancellor will be in the audience during Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech in Medina tonight, hearing a message that includes a lot of emphasis on training and jobs. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports he heard much the same message in a different forum earlier today.

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Just a few miles away and a few hours before the State of the State speech, officials from the Ohio Board of Regents were hearing a sales pitch for the career-tech, high schools once known as vocational high schools.

They fall under the oversight of the Ohio Department of Education. But Deputy Chancellor Cheryl Hay says the regents have a deep interest in ensuring kids are getting early exposure to alternatives – including those that don’t lead to four-year degrees. 

“Getting students to look more broadly about career paths is really a challenge. They don’t look at logistics. They don’t look at fields like insurance. They don’t look at manufacturing and think, ‘Gee, those are exciting places I want to be or really understand their career path. And so really working down at this k-12 level is where we have to be to broaden their perspective about that.” 

Hay says nearly two-thirds of jobs do not require a four-year degree, but do require a certificate or some other validation of advance training.

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