New Early College IT Program
The Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio (ESCNEO) and its Ohio Online Learning Program (OOLP) are excited to announce the new Early College Information Technology (IT) Program, a partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s School of Information Technology (UC-CECH). With the shortage of qualified information technology professionals in northeast Ohio, in the state, and nationally, this new Early IT program offers high school students a direct pathway towards college admission at the University of Cincinnati. Districts partnering with the ESC OOLP can offer the Early IT opportunity to their 9-12th grade students.
The following Early IT courses are fully online, asynchronous semester courses that count for 1 credit (courses are not for dual credit):
Fundamentals of Information Technology
Fundamentals of Web Development
Students who successfully complete the Early IT program by earning a C or above in all six IT courses, plus college English and math and an approved elective, will have completed the equivalent of the freshman year and are guaranteed admission into the University of Cincinnati-CECH Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BS Cyber) program. Students who do not complete the entire program are not guaranteed admission but may receive preferred admission and request advanced standing with equivalent credit if enrolled at UC. If the student enrolls at another Ohio college or university, the student must request a credit transfer and it is up to each institution on what may be accepted.
CLICK HERE for the Ohio Online Learning Program flyer and registration form.
ESC of Northeast Ohio 2022 Summer Information Technology (IT) Camp
From June 13-15, 2022, the ESC of Northeast Ohio hosted its first annual camp for high school students focused on Information Technology (IT) pathways and exploring IT in the 4Es (education, employment, enlistment, and entrepreneurship). Students representing 14 districts learned from IT educators and IT experts about the educational pathways and preparation necessary for jobs in IT—from credentials, to bootcamps, to two- and four-year degrees, and on-the-job training. They learned about essential IT skills and roles, such as web or software development, network and computer systems administration, cybersecurity, data analysis, and about job opportunities in high demand in various sectors in our region.
Participants had hands-on exploration of technologies with virtual reality apps for math education and block coding for drone flight. Site visits to TechElevator and with the CAVS IT team at Rocket Mortgage Field House allowed students to interact with IT professionals and observe how IT is integrated into professional settings.
Future ESC camps focusing on in-demand jobs will explore healthcare, manufacturing, and retail and services industries.