In total, 10 colleges and 13 public or private universities will receive grants, which require matching funds from employers. The University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University and Wright State University will receive the highest amounts, at $1.8 million, $1.5 million and $1.3 million, respectively.
The money will help schools fight the so-called brain drain from the area, said Joseph Slater, associate dean of Wright State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.
“This will help us keep a lot of our best and brightest in the area and allow us to attract students who left our region for higher education and co-ops to come back to the region,” he said.
Training more students is important for high-paying fields such as aerospace, which is tied to Ohio’s largest single-site employer the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and advanced manufacturing, where area employers say they have more jobs than skilled workers.
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