Students in Adult Education's Practical Nursing program work with Lucina, a birthing mannequin.

    Grant opportunities are providing Pickaway-Ross Adult Education with avenues to assist high school students on a career path. 

     Adult Education has applied for the Regional Education Partnership Grant that will bring to life two curriculum pathways. High school students can receive a one-year head start in earning an advanced credential in nursing through a dual-enrollment nursing pathway. 

     Dual-enrollment programs that award post-sec­ondary credit to high school students are not new, but students, and the region as a whole, will reap greater benefits from this concept if the dis­trict and its part­ners work together to leverage the unique character­istics of the career-tech education (CTE) system for a dual-enrollment nursing pathway. 

     Specifically, Picka­way-Ross second­ary students could add post-second­ary credit to the diploma/creden­tial package they currently receive and get advanced placement within Adult Education’s LPN-to-RN (depending on typical or accelerated pathway) program. 

     The CTE system’s practical, jobs-focused ap­proach to education means that, at each tier in the nursing profession, students will always have the option to step directly into a career or pursue more education if needed. Further, the district will work with local post-secondary institutions such as Ohio University-Chillicothe, Rio Grande and Shawnee State to ensure that Pickaway-Ross’ Adult Educa­tion LPN and RN completers can then apply their existing education toward degree-track nursing programs at local degree-awarding institutions. 

     Adult Educa­tion also is participating in a grant program that helps students overcome financial barriers to short-term pro­gramming. The program provides no-cost credentialing op­portunities for unemployed individuals and under­employed incumbent workers to pursue new careers. 

     To be eligible for program funding, a credential must be shorter than one year and address a worker shortage within the local labor market. 

     For the proposal, Adult Educa­tion chose to fund eligible cre­dentials (STNA, NCCER Core, Phlebotomy) with high regional demand and the greatest reported likelihood of labor gaps in the next five years. 

     Pickaway-Ross administrators believe that offering no-cost short-term credentialing for these in-demand jobs can help increase the region’s average education level, improve workforce participation and partially alleviate labor shortages within the eligible careers.