Pickaway-Ross applies for $5 million in grants

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

COLUMBUS— Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center has applied for $5 million in funding for a logistics and supply-chain management program through the Ohio Straight-A Fund.

The fund, according to the Ohio Department of Education Web site, aims “to provide funds to educational entities in Ohio with the 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 or drive more dollars to the classroom.”

“We proposed the creation of a logistics and supply-chain management program designed for collaborative use at the secondary and adult education level, with students applying concepts learned in the classroom to operate the warehouse and providing hands-on experience in a real-world job setting which will increase student achievement,” said Erika Konowalow, communication coordinator for Pickaway-Ross. “Services and products will be provided to local educational and governmental entities and the business community.”

Konowalow said the grants committee believes the program proposal accomplishes all three goals requested by the state.

Pickaway-Ross will be notified Dec. 17 if they have been awarded the funding. The career center is located just a few miles north of Chillicothe and serves students who attend Circleville, Logan Elm and Westfall High Schools.

Local districts also applied for project funding through the Straight-A Fund, including Logan Elm, Teays Valley, Westfall and the Pickaway County Educational Service Center on behalf of New Hope Christian Academy.