Ohio College Tech Prep Mission

To increase student access to quality career technical education pathways by connecting secondary and postsecondary partners and leading the development of state-approved programs of study 

  • Ohio Tech Prep launched Tech Prep in 1991 with federal and state funding to create and support meaningful educational pathways from career tech high school programs to postsecondary degrees and employment. 

  • 23 Tech Prep consortia represented all Ohio secondary and postsecondary technical education providers.  Each consortium had wide latitude to tailor organization and services to local governing board priorities.

  • In 2011 federal funding, which had supported more than 60% of the Ohio Tech Prep budget, was eliminated.

  • Effective FY12 Ohio restructured Tech Prep focus on a common goal: to support, promote and expand student access to quality career-technical education pathways by connecting secondary and postsecondary partners and leading the development of state-approved Career Pathways and Programs of Study.

  • State funding is tied to delivery of specific statewide deliverables and assurance that all stakeholders are afforded access to high quality services identified as grant deliverables, irrespective of any existing relationship with a given college/university. 

  • Six regional centers are managed by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

  • Regional centers serve and engage collaboration of 23 community colleges, 14 universities and 91 career technical planning districts. 

  • Regional centers are located in Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Marietta, Cleveland and Akron.  

  • Each region employs a chief administrator who reports to the college fiscal agent.

  • The Southwest Regional Center encompasses areas once served by three consortia: Greater Cincinnati, Ohio South and Miami Valley (which continues to operate with Sinclair funding).

  • A state-approved chief administrator, based at Cincinnati State, manages the grant and coordinates activities in the central area.  Two coordinators implement services in the Sinclair Community College area and Shawnee State area. 

Regional Center Points of Contact

Southwest Regional Center 

Ohio Department of Education Tech Prep Website