"Our simulated workplace program will shift classrooms into workplace company settings, while introducing students to various business processes," said Amy Wood, Marion City Schools' director of educational programs and grants. "By immersing students in simulated workplace, student-led companies provide students with an understanding of all aspects of an industry or business and show them how their individual success leads to the company's success."
West Virginia launched Simulated Workplace four years ago. Since then it has been replicated in Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky and the country of Australia. A $623,605 Straight A Innovation Fund Grant awarded by the state to partners Rushmore Academy, Marion City Schools and the Mahoning County Educational Service Center will enable them to be the pioneers of Simulated Workplace in Ohio.
Career focus areas will be: Global logistics and supply chain management, health technologies, integrated production technologies, manufacturing, automotive technologies and construction technologies.