State Representative Christina Hagan (R- Alliance) recently participated in the first Cooperative Education and Internship Program Advisory Committee meeting.

The newly established Co-op Education and Internship Program Advisory Committee is designed to address some of the workforce challenges facing Ohio, specifically below average degree completion , a skills mismatch between employees’ skill set and employer needs, a changing economy, and a shrinking and aging population.

The Co-op Education and Internship Program will connect employers, educators and students in an effort to provide students the opportunity to participate in meaningful work-based learning experiences that are paid, available for credit, and enhance their skills set, while giving employers access to high quality talent.

Representative Hagan is proud to be one of two Stark County residents to be serving on the advisory board.

“I believe Stark County understands the need for strong professional development and collaboration with our schools,” said Rep. Hagan. “Connecting talented students with Ohio businesses is going to give Ohio’s students a competitive edge as they enter the job market. I look forward to working with my colleagues to create more co-op and internship opportunities around the state.”

Rex Ramsier of the University of Akron is also representing Stark County on the advisory board.


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