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Ohio Board of Regents authorizes $120,000 grant for Antioch College Cooperative Education program

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—March 12, 2014—For the second consecutive year, Antioch College is the recipient of a grant awarded by the Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC) program sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Antioch College’s Cooperative Education program, in partnership with the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at Miami University, will receive $120,000 to broaden co-op relationships with Ohio businesses in 2014 and 2015.

The College first received the grant in the amount of $140,676 in January 2013 to establish the Ohio Agrarian Trade (OAT) Partnership, intended to facilitate new co-op opportunities for undergraduate students within the sustainable food production industry.

The OAT Partnership promotes education on food-related issues and fosters sustained relationships between students, educators and employers in order to emphasize career opportunities linked to Ohio’s agrarian trade.

 The new award enables the College to continue the OAT Partnership and build new relationships within the sustainable energy sector in a new program called the Generative Energy Partnership.

Establishing close ties with employers has been a prominent feature of an Antioch education since the College’s former president Arthur Morgan adapted the cooperative education model to the liberal arts curriculum more than 90 years ago. During their undergraduate career, Antioch College students are required to spend at least four quarters engaged in paid, full-time employment. They earn credit toward their degrees through the completion of Work Portfolio courses, which ensure reflection on their experience and promote knowledge and skill acquisition during terms off-campus. Miami University is well known for its hands-on approach to learning. It encourages involvement with regional employers through off-campus research projects and summer internships.

Antioch College seeks to further enrich its Cooperative Education (Co-op) experience by involving employers more closely in its interdisciplinary Global Seminars on Energy and Food—the primary curricular offerings through which students prepare for involvement in these partnerships. The Global Seminars serve as a venue through which employers and policy specialists can contribute to learning on campus. Deeper collaboration with employers will enrich these courses and further the efforts of both institutions as they engage in dialogue on issues affecting the growth of these strategic industries.

The future of the OAT Partnership will fuel further synergy by supporting the establishment of new co-op and internship relationships with firms working in sustainable energy while also adding new jobs to our network of employers working in the Ohio food processing industry. These efforts will prepare students for a 21st century workforce while helping to ensure that debates over energy, food and agricultural policy will be informed by citizens with real-world experience and close associations with the producers of energy and agrarian products in the state.

Both institutions are committed to broadening education on sustainable energy and food production.  Miami’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability is launching a new Interdisciplinary Co-Major in Energy. Antioch College’s North Hall, constructed in 1853, was awarded LEED Gold certification and is now considered the second oldest building in the world to achieve LEED certification. Construction of a central geothermal plant, that will significantly reduce power usage on campus, is expected to be fully operational for every building on campus by 2018. 

 

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

 

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