PIE Receives $300K for Mentoring and Experiential Learning
PIE Receives Two Grants to Support Experiential Programs for Ohio Students
Local NPO Awarded Funding from Ohio Department of Education and The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation
CINCINNATI – (September 12,2018) Cincinnati-based Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) recently received two grants in support of its programs, which help Ohio students gain “hands on” career experience and solve real-world challenges faced by businesses and non-profit organizations.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) awarded PIE its fourth consecutive Community Connectors grant for $300,000. Established in 2014 by the governor and Ohio legislature, the ODE Community Connectors program brings together students, their parents, schools, communities, faith or values based organizations and businesses in mentoring programs. The grant program seeks to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways for civic engagement that will result in high educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for Ohio.
Both programs feature state-of-the-art experiential programs featuring Southwest Ohio companies merging programs in consulting, entrepreneurship and data analytics with Macy’s Analytics, IBM Watson, TriHealth, Tristate IMG, Beacon Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Teradata University Network, AMEND Consulting, Best Buy, Mayerson Foundation, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Data LLC, Young Entrepreneur Institute, Mindprint Learning, Workhorse Group, Xylem Inc., and Girls Who Code. The programs offer 5th-12thgrade Academic and Career Tech programming, engaging Cincinnati Public School students in statistics, data analytics, mathematics, environmental science, physics, psychology, technology, athletics and drone videography (featuring Girls Who Drone).
With a $25,000.00 grant, The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation also provided PIE funding in support of its STEM and drone programs for high school students in the Cincinnati Public School District.
“We are honored to have received generous support from the ODE and The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation for our programs, which provide students access to mentors working in cutting-edge fields and the opportunity to gain greater confidence in their own abilities by solving real-world problems in a fun, approachable way,” said Mary Welsh Schlueter, PIE CEO.
PIE founder and CEO, Mary Welsh Schlueter, also received a 2018 Enquirer and Greater Cincinnati Foundation Women of the Year Award. Schlueter will be honored alongside her fellow honorees during an awards luncheon on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.
Partnership for Innovation In Education (PIE) develops transformational educational tools preparing the 21stcentury workforce for success in the global marketplace. With its CaseLab® program, PIE features first-ever career simulation and mentoring alliances with business, education and arts organizations, providing hands-on learning in the K-16 classroom. PIE is a 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, awarded the GuideStar Nonprofit “Platinum” Ranking and is an Ohio School District Partner. For more information, visit https://piemedia.org or follow @PIE_Innovation on Twitter.