Aug. 15, 2007
By Pamela Wise
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland toured Ohio University-Southern Friday, addressing high school juniors and seniors who are beneficiaries of an effort aimed at improving students' science, technology, engineering, math and foreign language skills.
Strickland announced earlier this summer that Ohio received a $500,000 grant from the National Governors Association to fund STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiatives in Ohio.
OU-S is involved through a variety of programs, including the Southern Ohio Youth Regents STEM and Foreign Language Academy, which received a $340,000 Ohio Board of Regents grant to introduce 51 high school students to careers in these fields. Partnering with Ohio University-Southern are Shawnee State and the University of Rio Grande.
During Friday's visit, Strickland addressed a group of STEM students and spoke with OU-S Spanish instructor Tim Mollett, who demonstrated how technology -- in the form of an iPod -- is being used to teach Spanish.
"You're not just competing against people in West Virginia or Kentucky or Indiana or Michigan or Pennsylvania," Strickland told the students. "You're competing against people in Singapore and India and China and other places around the world."
Strickland also met with OU-S students in the university's state-of-the-art electronic media lab and others who are part of an LPN to RN collaborative with Collins Career Center. In addition, he visited briefly with K-12 public school teachers from across the region who are participating in iDiscovery, a math/science partnership with Miami University. The iDiscovery program supports professional development for teachers in math and science.
"We were very pleased to welcome the governor to our campus," said Dan Evans, dean of Ohio University-Southern. "Gov. Strickland's actions continue to demonstrate his belief in the value of higher education."