would train for Ag jobs
touts major need in Ohio for skilled workers in industry.
Gildow-Anthony, Staff Writer
January 26, 2012
— One in seven jobs in Ohio is in the high-need industry of
bioscience, and Springfield officials plan to fill that need through a
regional STEM academy that could be located in South High School.
Chris Widener, R-Springfield, said Thursday that he wants to start a
called the Global Impact STEM Academy here. He is working with
School District Superintendent David Estrop.
operate similar to the science, technology, engineering and math
the Dayton Regional STEM School but dedicated to agriculture bioscience.
came after seeing the demand for employees in the field and a void that
be filled through education and workforce development, said Widener.
500,000 people are unemployed in Ohio, which has almost 100,000
With one in seven of Ohio jobs in the fields of “food, fuel and fiber,”
agricultural bioscience field is looking to fill many jobs with good
kind of education based in Springfield may even attract new businesses
of existing food companies like Reiter Dairy, Woeber Mustard and
ultimate endgame: Not only filling those jobs that are open, but
ones,” said Widener.
Estrop have been meeting with legislators, parents, students and
leaders to try to draw support for the creation of the academy, which
serve 51 school districts in Clark and surrounding counties. They also
find a university to partner with, similar to the way the Dayton STEM
works with Wright State University, said Estrop.
to have partnerships finalized by March, spend the 2012-13 school year
and open the doors in the fall of 2013.
One of the
potential sites for the school is South High School, according to
presentation, which was posted at gisaohio.blogspot.com. The 250,000
foot building — valued at $10 million — closed as a school in 2008 and
since been vacated by administrators, too.
sites are under consideration, Estrop said.
people think of agriculture, they think of farming and see it as a
few prospects, but only about 10 percent of jobs are in crops and
all these promising jobs out there that don’t involve the production,
don’t involve working on the farms, but they’re in the labs,” Estrop
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