State Farm® Check Presentation to the SRC

State Farm® has become an official partner of the the Student Readiness Collaborative (SRC).

On February 24, 2017, State Farm® awarded $20,000 to the Student Readiness Collaborative (SRC) project, facilitated by the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center (ESC). The SRC includes every high school and career center in Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, and Washington counties, and six institutions of Higher Education. The project is designed to better prepare junior and senior students for college, career and life through initiatives focused on academics, career development, and life skill education. The main goals of the project are to increase the number of students who are college ready, create a culture of seamless collaboration between educators of high school and higher education, and provide high quality professional development for educators.

One of the four components of the SRC project is a life skill education program. A key initiative of that program is to develop and implement a mentorship program for each of the partnering high schools and career centers. The focus of the mentoring program is to provide a role model for each student in the collaborative to assist them in developing their critical life skills for success: goal-setting, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, work-ethic, leadership, and hope.

The grant funds from State Farm® will be used to support the mentoring program at each high school and career center. State Farm® agents from local communities will be partnering with the SRC high schools and career centers to provide mentor opportunities.

During the last two years, the SRC has provided professional development for math and english language arts teachers from the partnering schools. Students’ progress on the ACT is being measured to monitor the impact of academic and life skill initiatives of the project. An ACT Online Prep software program was purchased so students could spend more time inside and outside the classroom preparing for the ACT. Last fall, students attended a conference focused on developing leadership, teamwork, and other life skills. These project initiatives have been funded by AT&T, StatOil, Schwendeman Agency Inc., Bi-Con Engineering, and the Ohio Valley ESC.

There are currently 181 Juniors students in the project, and they will be joined by another 180 junior students in the 2017-18 school year, at which time there will be a total of 360 students in the project.

The SRC project includes 18 high schools and career centers: Beallsville HS, Belpre HS, Buckeye Trail HS, Caldwell HS, Cambridge HS, Fort Frye HS, Frontier HS, Marietta HS, Meadowbrook HS, Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, Monroe Central HS, Morgan HS, River HS, Shenandoah HS, Swiss Hills Career Center, Warren HS, Washington County Career Center, and Waterford HS; and six institutions of higher education: Belmont College, Marietta College, Muskingum University, Ohio University, Washington State Community College, Zane State College.