City schools OK partnership with University of Cincinnati

DISCUSSING AGREEMENT — Superintendent Melinda Young discussed an agreement with the University of Cincinnati and Steubenville City Schools at a board meeting held Wednesday. -- Taryn Linder

STEUBENVILLE — The city Board of Education approved a partnership with the University of Cincinnati during Wednesday’s meeting at its new office building at 611 N. Fourth St.

The unanimously passed vote approved the early college information technology program agreement with the university.

“This is a great opportunity for students, as well as for our community,” said Superintendent Melinda Young. “If we can keep students here for longer after graduation, then that will help enhance our community.”

The early college information technology program will allow high school students to graduate with an associates degree.

“That’s impressive,” said board President Greg Agresta.

After graduation, students can earn a master’s degree after just two years from the University of Cincinnati, with automatic admission.

In addition, students have the added benefit of being able to complete their master’s degree online or on-site at the University of Cincinnati or Eastern Gateway Community College.

“Eastern Gateway already has an agreement with the University of Cincinnati which allows students to complete their IT master degree courses here,” noted Young.

The program that is already partnered with 19 other schools will begin in Steubenville in the fall.

Cincinnati’s information technology master’s program is ranked among the top 40 in the nation.

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