The MOV ESC Driving School has become a reality with recent final approval from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The Ohio Valley Educational Service Center and Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center have partnered to form a consortium that will bring driver training to 14 school districts in seven counties. The counties affected are Coshocton, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington.
Access to driver education programs in the region is limited, in fact four of the seven counties involved do not have a driving school in their county. The intention of the program goes much further than an individual obtaining a driver’s license.
Having a driver’s license creates a gateway to opportunities in terms of workforce development. If we expect students to participate in job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, gainful employment, or take a college course on campus, students must have transportation to get there , and it all starts with a driver’s license Labor force data draws a clear distinction between having a driver’s license and being successful in the job market, especially when it comes to high demand jobs.
In fact, information provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that having a valid driver’s license is considered an essential soft skill in several industry sectors. The need for employees to have a valid driver’s license is essential for employment in the most in-demand careers such as information technology, administrative services and health care, to name a few. some.
“The consortium’s approach to driver training is the first of its kind in the state of Ohio. It was a difficult process”according to Richard Hall who is working on the project for the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center.
“This consortium would not be possible without the collaboration between these two educational service centers. I am delighted to co-lead this project and be one of the authorized maintainers. Each ESC brings different talents and resources to this project, which makes this huge undertaking possible.
The involvement of both ESCs has created an infrastructure that eases the burden on districts in obtaining grants, training, program oversight, and compliance. Alongside Hall, MVESC’s Justin Denius and consultant Homer Weekley are administrators and supervisors of the consortium.
Students participating in the program will work directly with their high school and complete the required courses online. Once the student has successfully completed the courses, he will complete the driving requirement throughout his high school. The consortium hired and trained instructors who were assigned to serve in each school district.
This school program will be ideal for students. This will allow students to have a convenient way to obtain a driver’s license. Quite frankly, this program puts driver education back in these high schools in the same way it was about twenty-five years ago, but with some modifications due to changes in requirements that have been implemented over the years. years.
The goal is to have a high quality yet affordable driver education program and access for those students served by the Consortium.