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Frequently asked questions

What is the Straight A grant?

The Straight A Fund, created by Governor John R. Kasich, is a $250 million program that promotes innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system. Straight A Fund grants will provide seed money for the most creative and forward-thinking ideas coming from educators and their partners in the public and private sectors. The Straight A Fund provides funds to educational entities in Ohio with drive and courage to try new approaches that:

  • Meet the learning needs of its students
  • Reduce the cost of running a school or school district
  • Drive more dollars to the classroom

Who is the Young Entrepreneurs Consortium?

The YEC is comprised of 12 school districts, three Career and Technical Centers, three higher education partners and 12 business/community partners who have joined together with a commitment to grow the regional economy from northeast to southeast Ohio.  The YEC covers a 12-county service area: Carroll, Guernsey, Holmes, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Portage, Summit, Stark, Tuscarawas, Washington, and Wayne

What is the lasting value of the YEC?

  • Increase the flow of young entrepreneurs to grow local economies from Northeast to Southeast Ohio.
  • Create a replicable template for a variety of business and technical pathways (grades 6–14) and work-based learning models that can be implemented in a similar manner as the entrepreneurial pathway models.
  • Establish and grow a sustainable Consortium with significant community engagement to better share services and resources that will continue to enhance student achievement, ultimately from grades pre-K–18.

Why is this work important?

The overarching goal of the Young Entrepreneur's Consortium is to increase student achievement by building a robust education-to-employment model, impacting grades 6 through 14, exposing students to an array of business and technical pathways, work-based learning experiences, and leverage project-based learning that can prepare them to compete in the 21st century global economy.

Why are career pathways important?

Pathways make it easier for students to connect his/her career interests from high school to college and/or career and make sure they acquire the knowledge and skills linked to specific industry sectors. Pathways are an easy way to understand how courses, knowledge, and skills connect to various industries and career fields. Completion of a pathway is often linked to certificates, credentials, or degrees, which can also save you and your family money. 

Why does entrepreneurship matter?

An entrepreneur has a different way of thinking and attitude toward life. Entrepreneurship is about empowering and understanding that you can control your own future. Entrepreneurs can solve problems in any career field, and play an important role in creating jobs and helping to grow the local economy.

What are some top career fields for entrepreneurs?

An entrepreneurial skillset and mindset is very foundational to many career fields including: fundraiser, lawyer, teacher, researcher, and teacher

What are hard skills?

Specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured.

What are soft skills?

Personal attributes that enable you to interact effectively with others. They are less tangible and harder to quantify.

What is Ohio's degree attainment rate?


What is the career ratio to degree (the ratio of jobs available by degree)?

Advanced degree: bachelor’s degree: technical certification

What is the percentage of small business in Ohio's economy?


What is the largest industry sector in Ohio?


What is the largest employer in Ohio (by employment headcount)?

Wal-Mart. The second largest employer in Ohio is Cleveland Clinic