The University of Findlay and Owens Community College’s Findlay campus have been jointly awarded $367,491 in grants.
The money is an investment by the Ohio Board of Regents in the science, engineering, technology and math programs at both schools, according to the University of Findlay. The grants will go toward programs in each field to better prepare students for internships.
“We are very excited to be able to provide better streamlined and more efficient career centered services to UF students and alumni. The ultimate goal of The University of Findlay is to equip students for meaningful lives and productive careers,” said Phil Gunder, director of internships and cooperative education at Findlay.
The state funding, from casino license fees, is specifically for this purpose.
Funding was awarded to 10 community colleges and 15 public or private universities that are partnering with 30 other postsecondary institutions. Those schools receiving the grants must match the amount given through private donations, according to the University of Findlay.
The University of Findlay will hire four specialists who will assist with the internship placement process.
The grants are part of Gov. John Kasich’s workforce development strategies to align Ohio’s higher education curriculum with skills that are in demand by Ohio businesses, according to the university.