A Commitment to Higher Education Creates Job Opportunities

State Representative Nan Baker
As education level becomes increasingly integral to an individual’s job opportunities, access to higher education should not be determined by affordability. Every Ohioan deserves the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education and to obtain a broader skill set for their life endeavors. Today, one of the most serious threats facing those who wish to pursue higher education is skyrocketing tuition costs.  

To address the growing financial burden that many students face, the College Savings Plans Network has designated September as “College Savings Month.” This initiative serves to assist families as they plan for the cost of a college education and financing the future. If you or someone you know is planning to pursue a college degree, I encourage you to research the many grant and scholarship opportunities available through the state, particularly the Ohio Board of Regents. One such scholarship is the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program, which is offered to students who major in science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields. This program strives to increase the number of graduates in these fields to prepare Ohio for a modern, high-tech economy.

Another useful resource for students who seek career options, colleges and financial aid is the Ohio Career Information System (OCIS). This system is currently used by middle schools and high schools in the 16th House District to help students find information about post-secondary training and employment. A workforce development tool, OCIS will provide our community’s young talent with valuable guidance as they plan for their futures. I am happy that the budget line item that dictates OCIS’s funding was upheld, because during these difficult economic times state leaders must work to increase the accessibility of higher education and to prepare students for the increasingly competitive job market. 

A strong workforce is supported by a college education that prepares students for an increasingly advanced society. If we hope to create more jobs and get Ohioans back to work, we first need to ensure that our state is a great place to attend college and start a business. Educating the youth of today will create an exceptional workforce tomorrow. As a strong advocate for job creation and business expansion within Ohio, I will continue to push for affordable higher education to create a brighter future for our state.

If you have any thoughts or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (614) 466-0961 or write to me at Representative Nan Baker, 77 S. High Street, 10th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215. You may also email me at District16@ohr.state.oh.us. 

Nan Baker is the State Representative for Ohio's 16th District.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:53 PM, 09.22.2009