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The first class of the revived Antioch College gathered on the steps of Main Building at the start of their year. After nine months and three challenging terms, students said they felt exhausted and overwhelmed, yet enthused with a sense of accomplishment. The next class arrives in October. (submitted Photo by Dennie Eagleson)

Antioch College students on the steps of Main Building, all of whom will be involved in a co-op experience each year. (submitted Photo by Dennie Eagleson)

Antioch College forges partnership with Ohio businesses

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Antioch College, in collaboration with Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, is establishing a new set of cooperative education (co-op) relationships with employers involved in Ohio’s dynamic food processing industry. Known as the Ohio Agrarian Trade (OAT) Partnership, the program is intended to build student skills through direct immersion in the world of work. The Ohio Board of Regents has recommended funding of $140,676 to support the initiative as it will result in the establishment of new co-op opportunities for 52 undergraduate students.

The purpose of the OAT Partnership Program is to increase understanding of the knowledge and skill sets required by employers of Ohio food producers, as well as improve undergraduate curricula relating to food production. The program aims to align academic training with the needs of the food industry to foster sustained relationships between students, educators and employers and to emphasize career opportunities linked to Ohio’s agrarian trade.

More on this story will appear in next week’s YS News.


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