Battelle Partnering With Franklin University To Open A New High School


Nearly 10 years ago, Battelle teamed up with the Ohio State University to create Metro Early College High School.

The area’s first high school focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, with an early college focus.

Now Battelle is partnering with Franklin University to open a new high school this fall.

Metro opened in 2006 through a partnership with Battelle, Ohio State University and a consortium of Franklin County school districts.

The goal, to provide a small learning community where math, science and technology would be a major focus and offer opportunities for students to earn college credits.

"Kids can perform at amazingly high levels, in adult real-world situations, if you ask them to and if you prepare them to," said Aimee Kennedy vice president of education, STEM learning and philanthropy for Battelle, which helped developed Metro.

Aimee Kennedy says after nearly a decade of preparing students they've learned that not all students want the traditional four-year degree to be the next step.

The new “Metro Institute of Technology” will still have a strong math, science and technology focus but will offer students something different.

"We'll be offering options for an associate’s degree and options for industry certified credentials, stackable certificates and things that kids can take with them and prove that they really are ready for a career situation."

Kennedy says this would give students a variety of options.

She says they can get a head start on their bachelor’s degree, work after high school with an associate’s degree and industry credentials or they can work while trying to earn their four-year degree.

The school will be housed on Franklin’s Downtown campus, inside Phillips Hall.

University President Dr. David Decker says the university will also play a role in developing the curriculum.

"We hope to be able to work with our colleagues from the new Metro school to use our capability to improve the curriculum offerings at the school,” said Franklin University President Dr. David Decker “And also to use our very well developed technological infrastructure on our campus here downtown to support the students educational work."

Decker says students will be able to take college courses from Columbus State, Franklin and Ohio State while in high school.  In addition he says students will also have internship opportunities.


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