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September 8, 2017
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Which Districts are Part of the YEC Consortium?
Brown-Malvern, Carrollton, Green-Smithville, Green-Summit, Marietta, Massillon, Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, Minerva, Orrville, Osnaburg, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, Rittman, Sandy Valley, Southeast Local and Wayne County Schools Career Center (WCSCC)
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Third Year Report: Successes in Young Entrepreneurs Consortium (YEC)
Straight A Grant

Awarded in July 2014 to a consortium of 15 districts for $13.6 million, the YEC Straight A Grant is in its third year of implementation. The goals of the grant center on increasing student engagement and success as well as providing a strong foundation for future entrepreneurship in the long-term goal of creating more jobs in Stark County. The 2017, third year report shows many successes:
  • Problem based learning (PBL) allows students to learn by doing. Teachers submitted 65 new PBL units last year. This brings the consortium 57% of the way to reaching the 300 PBL units required by the YEC grant.
  • Seventy-two additional teachers were trained in PBL.
  • College Credit Plus (CCP) involves middle and high school students taking college courses for credit both at their high school and at the college level. YEC districts saw a 217% increase in CCP participation for students in YEC pathways[2] from the baseline year (2013-14).
  • Through the grant, more teachers were able to become credentialed for teaching college courses in a particular area - such as business, English, and math. Thirty-one of the 39 high school teachers pursuing their credentials to become adjuncts in the content areas were credentialed as of June 30, 2017.
  • Thirty-nine percent of students said that taking college courses helped them decide on a career, up 3% from last year. The top three picks for a career and further education were teacher/education, nursing and business.
  • According to National Student Clearinghouse Student Tracker data, YEC districts' percentages of students attending some form of college immediately following high school increased from 62% to 64% over four years.
Each aspect of YEC - work-centered learning, PBL, and access to college courses - provides opportunities for teachers and students to cultivate skill-building learning and tools to engage in the current and future economy.

[1] Robinson, Ken. (2015). Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education. New York, NY: Viking.
[2] YEC Pathways include a one-year certificate program, a career enhancement certificate in entrepreneurship, and an associate degree in business management entrepreneurship from Stark State College. 
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