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State Scholars

OVAE, through a grant to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) implemented the State Scholars Initiative (SSI) to help states develop and implement career and technical education programs that incorporate rigorous academic standards. SSI is a national program that uses business leaders to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school that would give them a boost towards succeeding in college and their careers. Scholars programs were implemented in selected school districts by state-level business-education partnerships. The program trained business people to make presentations to eighth graders right before they select their high school courses. The presentations highlighted various career options and the monetary benefits of taking rigorous courses.

Scholars Core Courses of Study

Includes at least:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (algebra 1, algebra 2, and geometry)
  • 3 years of lab science (biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • 3 and one-half years of social studies (U.S. and world history, geography, economics, and government)
  • 2 years of the same foreign language


SSI States

Financial support was granted to 24 states through the SSI: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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