Loveland, University of Cincinnati partnership announced with formal signing ceremony
The Loveland City School District invites all members of the Tiger Family to a formal signing ceremony marking the partnership between Loveland City Schools and the University of Cincinnati (UC). The ceremony will take place just before the State of Schools open house 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Loveland High School.
“At a time when students who are college bound face ever increasing student-loan debt, this is a big win for our students and our families – both academically and financially,” said Loveland Interim Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse. “The University of Cincinnati produces premier college graduates, and we are thrilled to join forces to help our students be successful after graduation.”
The partnership with UC creates an Information Technology (IT) Academic Pathway for Loveland High School (LHS) students, and is part of the district’s strategic plan to bring Academic Pathways to Loveland students beginning in middle school. LHS students will have access to post-secondary IT coursework starting in ninth grade. LHS students will have the ability to earn college credit through the College Credit Plus (CCP) program, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The partnership enables LHS students taking these courses to earn a masters degree through UC with only four years of college (it includes the courses they take through their senior year of high school plus four years of college); it also provides Tiger students with the opportunity to apply for paid co-ops related to their course work the summer following their senior year.
Joining Dr. Crouse at the formal signing ceremony will be Loveland Board of Education President Art Jarvis and Vice President Dr. Kathryn Lorenz, Director of Secondary Programs Andrea Conner, LHS Principal Peggy Johnson, LHS Teacher Phil Marchal, UC Director of School of Information Technology Dr. Hazem Said, UC School of Information Technology Coordinator and Project Manager Lauren Kirgis, UC School of Information Technology Assistant Director of Special Projects Rebekah Michael, and Stephen Smith from A Wired Family, LLC.
“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate venue to formalize this important partnership for our Tiger students and parents; this year our State of Schools event is a giant open house for everyone to visit one-on-one with students at all grade levels who are actively engaged in learning around the three core district goals of Growth, Innovation and Care, listen to student-musicians, tour a student-art gallery, meet and greet our Loveland student-athletes,” said Dr. Crouse. “This is an evening every Tiger will want to attend!”
The State of Schools event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. at Loveland High School.