Partnership Opens Opportunities for Mid-East Students

Mid-East Career & Technology Centers has partnered with a group of 30 education, community and business leaders to form the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium (YEC). The YEC serves 26,549 students in an eleven county area. The goal of the YEC is to increase student achievement by building a robust education to employment model impacting grades 6-14. This model exposes students to career technical pathways, work-based learning experiences, and leverages problem-based learning to prepare students for success in college, on the job and in life. This group applied for and was awarded an Ohio Straight A Innovative Grant in the amount of $13.6 million. The grant will be used to upgrade technology and create 21st Century Classrooms; to fund teacher credentialing opportunities; and to provide students with the opportunity to take tuition-free college courses.

Through provisions of the grant, Mid-East is able to offer a dual enrollment opportunity in the Business and Finance program. Students enrolled in Business and Finance may qualify for transferable college credit through the college credit plus program aligned with Stark State College. Students in the Administrative Office Professionals program may have the opportunity to earn college credit as well.

For more information on the Business and Finance and Administrative Office Professionals programs visit the Mid-East Career & Technology Centers website.

For more information on the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium contact Barb Funk, Assistant Director, at 740.454.0101 ext. 6334 or by email at Additional information for the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium can be found at

For additional information on the Business Administration program and College Credit Plus program at Stark State College, visit

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