Generously funded through the Ohio Department of Education's Straight A Innovation Grant written by Missy McClurg
In partnership with Apollo, Allen East, Crestview, Elida, Fort Jennings, Lincolnview, & Pandora Gilboa School Districts,
Ohio Means Jobs & The Ohio State University's Center for Enterprise Transformation & Innovation
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does every school that applies receive a Straight A Grant?
A. No! The Straight A Innovation Grant is a competitive grant process created to encourage creative new ideas to improve education. Delphos City Schools has been fortunate to receive 2 Straight A Grants in 2015 and 2016 totaling over $1.5 million dollars. For the first grant only 10% of those applied were selected. Delphos was 1 of only 37 grants awarded for $511,535 out of a pool of 339 requesting more than 233 million. For this latest round, 14% were selected. Delphos was 1 of 20 applicants selected out of a pool of 139 requesting $101 million. Delphos originally requested $1.4 million and then scaled the project to $999,785 to stay under the 1 million preference of the Straight A board.
Q. How is the Career Connections Student Center any different than Vantage or Apollo Career Centers?
A. Vantage and Apollo are Career Technical schools that offer choices in training programs to prepare students to enter into a career or transition to college degree programs. Students typically earn credits toward graduation through their Junior and Senior Years of high school. The new Career Connections Student Center is a field trip destination for students in grades 7-12 to participate in career speaking events, provide exposure to future careers, and complete activities through mock job shadow experiences over 45 of the most in demand careers in the state of Ohio.
Q. What is a mock job shadow experience?
A. Students will watch a video over their career interest and then complete a series of project based learning activities as they would during a typical working day. Examples could include recording patient behavior as a Nurse, designing an outdoor living space as a Landscaper, analyzing a CT scan as a Radiologist, identifying a coding error as a Software Engineer, reading a blue print as a Plumber, installing hardware as a Computer Technician, counting and recording inventory as a Cost Accountant, calculating nutrional value as a Chef, and designing a prosthetic as a Biomedical Engineer to name a few.
Q. How will you determine which careers will be used for the experiences in the Center?
A. A planning meeting will take place with all stakeholders interested on Friday, May 13 at the Delphos Eagles from 1:00 to 3:00. The starting discussion will be based on the 2022 projected job growth report from Ohio Means Jobs. Stakeholders will evaluate which careers to focus on by looking at total projected openings and growth projections to determine which to focus on for our area.
Q. What type of careers and or education level will be focused through the Center?
A. Careers with most projected openings and growth will be the focus and will most likely include positions from certificate levels to Doctorate level with all levels in between.
Q. How often will students use the Center?
A. It is the goal for each student to spend a portion of at least 1 school day per year in the Center to allow opportunities to experience a variety of career interests.
Q. How will the grant success be monitored?
A. A report for each of the 5 year grant reporting periods will be completed and shared through the CCSC website and social media. The evaluation method includes school report card data, implementation and use of student backpack detail through Ohio Means Jobs, and focus groups of student progression through the Center.
Q. How many schools and students will use the Center?
A. The total potential student use is 4,000 students per year in grades 7-12 from the grant consortium of schools including Allen East, Apollo, Crestview, Delphos Jefferson, Elida, Fort Jennings, Lincolnview and Pandora-Gilboa.
Q. How was it decided which schools would participate?
A. Delphos City Schools invited all public schools in Allen, Van Wert and Putnam counties. The 7 schools within the grant consortium were those that wanted to join.
Q. Will additional students participate in activities through the Career Connections Student Center?
A. Maybe. The first priority will be to serve the students through the 8 school member consortium. If there is additional capacity, additional schools may participate for a fee.
Q. How much was the grant for?
A. This grant is for $999,785 and includes funds to build the Center and to purchase technology, furniture, solar panels, and audio visual equipment. Funding also includes stipends for planning of the career pods, the grant team and presentation of the project at the Ohio Education Technology Conference in February of 2017.
Q. How will the builder be selected?
A. Bids for the building project will be posted on the CCSC website as well as Delphos City Schools website. Contact Kevin Wolfe at for more information.
Q. When will the building be operational?
A. The hope is to break ground during the summer of 2016 with the goal of completion December, 2016. Students would then start using the Center during the 2nd semester of the 16-17 school year.
Q. Will there be any new positions hired to supervise the Center?
A. No. Teachers, Guidance Counselors, etc. will accompany and be responsible for their students while using the Center. The grant includes funds to educate designated Train the Trainers within each school participating on use of the Center.
Q. Will this project cost the taxpayers of Delphos anything?
A. No. A requirement of all Straight A Grants is that they are self-sustaining, in other words do not have any recurring costs. The CCSC was designed to include solar panels (paid through the grant) which will generate enough power to not only cover the cost of electricity through the center, but provide enough of a credit to the existiting Delphos Jefferson High School to offset any additional gas and water expense due to the center.
Q. Will consortium school students be charged a fee for use of the center?
A. It will depend on the consumption of supplies or if costs exceed projections. In other words, if a student uses the 3-D printer, there is an expense of the filament used. There will most likely be a minimal fee of around $1.00 per student to offset consumable costs. Each school district participating will decide how to pay or collect the fees assessed.
Q. Are you accepting any donations of industry items typically used in careers?
A. Absolutely! If your business or organization would like to donate any industry specific tooling that can be used in the career pods, please contact Missy McClurg, the grant project coordinator at
Q. What happens with the building when it is not in use by students?
A. The first priority will be given to schools scheduling the planned student experiences (career pods, practice interviews, etc.). When not in use by member schools, Delphos City School students and teachers will have access to the technology and space of the building for school activities and lessons. It can also serve as a community building in Delphos for meetings and or speaking engagements. There will be a master schedule posted and those requesting use can contact Missy McClurg at email@example.com.
Q. Will there be additional options for stakeholders to partake in the Center activities?
A. Yes. Business and community leaders are encouraged to use the center to connect with students by speaking engagements outside of the school day as well. The Center will have its own Youtube Channel to showcase our wonderful business & community leaders as local Ted Talks.
Q. Who wrote the grant, and did any of the schools pay a fee to participate?
A. Missy McClurg, a teacher at Delphos Jefferson High School, voluntarily wrote both Straight A Grants for Delphos City Schools. She donated her time outside of school based on her ideas to improve education.