One of our most important partnerships is with Battelle, the largest non-profit research organization in the world. Battelle was one of the founding members of Metro and their commitment to our school is unyielding. While Battelle makes a significant philanthropic gift to Metro every year, their support goes far beyond a financial commitment. Metro collaborates with Battelle on program and curriculum development, and educational research. Battelle provides many internships to Metro students and Battelle scientists often volunteer as guest lecturers and tutors.
In addition, Metro is a main collaborator in Battelle’s 13-state Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) and is the “Hub School” for Central Ohio. Metro and OSLN work to increase support for STEM education and recognition of the importance of STEM education nationally. Because of this role Metro teachers often give talks to visiting groups of educators and mentor instructors on STEM education across the country.
For more information about Battelle, go to http://www.battelle.org
Another founding partner of Metro is Ohio State University (OSU), Ohio’s flagship university and the largest institution of higher education in the country. Like Battelle, OSU contributes significantly to Metro and also holds three seats on our Governing Board. The current Chair of the Board is the OSU Dean of the College of Engineering. As an Early College High School, 85% of Metro students graduate with at least some college credit, including some with an associate’s degree. By far, these credits are earned on the campus of OSU.
For more information about OSU, go to http://www.osu.edu
The PAST Foundation and CORI are crucial partners with Metro, especial Metro’s robotics team, Metrobots. The PAST Foundations donates space and equipment for Metrobots and CORI works to secure costly materials and expertise. A founding Metro teacher and Metrobots coach sits on the board of both organizations. In addition, Abbot Labs, American Electric Power, Honda, the Metro PTSO, Ohio Valley Testing, OSU, Battelle, Tech Columbus, and Sci Tech, all partner with the robotics team to and provide either financial support or expertise.
The Education Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) provides core services to Metro, including administering all human resource functions for school employees. The ESCCO Treasurer supervises the school budget and prepares financial forecasts and statements. In addition, Metro faculty members regularly attend workshops and seminars hosted by the ESCCO.
The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a public foundation whose mission is to transform the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all women working together.
PROGRAMS, COLLABORATIONS, AND INTERNSHIPS:
Metro has numerous partnerships and collaborates with various businesses and organizations throughout Ohio including the Columbus Zoo, The Wilds, Reynoldsburg City Schools, First Night, Columbus State Community College, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Shadowbox, Franklinton Gardens, and hopefully at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In addition, Metro students engage in internships at hundreds of area organizations and businesses.
Since Metro’s inception in 2006, corporations and foundations have been in instrumental in Metro success. A sample listing of major sponsors include:
- Abbott Laboratories AEP Foundation
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Battelle Memorial Institute
- Honda of America’s R&D
- The Ohio State University
- The PAST Foundation