CSU is working with two area universities and the Dayton Regional STEM Center to help middle school and high school teachers train the next generation of STEM workers

The collaborative program, supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers Program, is a three-year $500,000 program that kicked off at Central State with a Materials Science Technology camp for teachers. This summer, participants have been involved in real-world engineering research centered on materials and advanced manufacturing to gain experience and skills required to better engage their students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Wright State University and the University of Dayton are collaborators of the program along with several industry partners. The summer program ends July 31.



Central State Awarded a Multi-Year Grant to Support Former Foster Youth Enrolled at CSU

This Fall, former foster care youth who are enrolled as students at Central State University will benefit from a mentoring program that will help them academically, socially and emotionally.

The Emerging Scholars Program is a result of Central State receiving a $60,000 grant from Ohio Reach, a coalition working to improve higher-education outcomes for former foster youth. CSU, an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is one of four universities to receive a multi-year grant to create a mentoring program to help former foster youth succeed in college.

Students in the program will get peer-to-peer mentors and faculty-staff mentors, said Dr. Stephanie Krah, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. In addition, they will participate in workshops, study tables and cultural immersion activities.

“We want to make sure we are feeding them holistically” from admission through graduation, she said.

Twenty-five students will start the program this Fall. William Murray, IV,

Director of Ohio Reach, praised the CSU staff for investing in a population that for a long time has struggled at the college level. Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through leadership, empowerment, advocacy, research and networking.

Central State University Receives more than $4M for Agricultural Research,
Extension and Education

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Also aligning with the Land Grant mission, the University has launched a new Department of Agriculture within the College of Science & Engineering that will offer a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture (Fall 2016).  Students selecting this major will have the added benefit of participating in meaningful research, with qualified faculty, that will serve Ohio and have national and international implications.

Separate funding will enable the College of Education to establish a new School of Agricultural Education and Food Science.  Bachelor of Science degrees will be offered in Agricultural Education and in Extension Education. Additionally, a new certificate program focused on preparing students for Future Farmers of America (FFA) certification is under development.  These programs are designed to increase the talent pool of agriculture educators and industry specialists and are planned for Fall, 2016.

“Central State University is excited about integrating the Land Grant mission with our mission and appreciates the support from the state,” said Dr. Charles Wesley Ford, Jr., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “It is because of President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond’s leadership and others who have supported Central State University that the University is in the position to impact the lives of people in Ohio.”

Central State University received its historic federal designation as an 1890 Land-Grant Institution on February 7, 2014.

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