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OHIO STATE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND & OHIO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ANNOUNCE A PARTNERSHIP WITH BridgED


We are excited to announce our newest partnership and welcome the Ohio State School for the Blind and Ohio School for the Deaf to the BridgED family of K-12 partners. We are honored to be able to work with LOU MAYNUS and her team to make a positive impact on families, teachers and students! A special thank you to Kristen Starr for all of your work getting us to this point.


FRANKLIN COUNTY, OH – March 1, 2023 – The Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) and the Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD) today announce their partnership with BridgED to “bridge the gap” between the business community and their schools. This partnership will infuse corporate partnerships to drive awareness, understanding, and access for students, parents, and teachers.

“Providing opportunities for our students to learn additional skills through hands-on learning while greater preparing them for employment is an exciting venture,” said Lou Maynus, Superintendent at the Ohio School for the Deaf and Ohio State School for the Blind. “Corporate partnerships are important because they allow our students to experience the workforce and gain skills that will aid in their employability after leaving OSD and OSSB or to help foster a post-secondary education path toward a specific career. Currently some of our older students in the 4Plus and EDGE programs participate in on-the-job training. This new partnership will open new doors and expand options for more students to help them prepare for life.”

Through the partnership, BridgED will connect businesses who have an interest in partnering with OSD and OSSB students, parents and teachers. Additionally, BridgED will build a Business Advisory Council and manage the relationships with corporate partnerships on behalf of the schools. BridgED is a consulting company, built by corporate engagement professionals in academia. The company has cracked the code and solved the fundamental challenges that exist when companies work with schools. For example, this exciting partnership will deliver teacher externships, work-based learning, parent communication, career days, classroom engagement, and more into the schools.

“We understand the impact and results that occur when schools and companies work together to support learning and the economy. The corporate relationships we’ll construct for the OSD and OSSB will give students a head-start and help them understand what careers are possible,” said Chris Svec, Co-Founder of BridgED. “The workforce challenges we’re experiencing in central Ohio is another reason this program will be a win-win. We will become the front door for businesses interested in attracting the diverse talent within the OSD and OSSB, while simultaneously helping businesses become more accessible for every employee.”

The partnership launched on March 1, 2023, and the initial term will be 18 months in duration. If your company is interested in partnering with the OSD and/or OSSB please visit the BridgED website at www.BridgEDk12.com or email Chris Svec – Chris@UNITECorporateEngagement.com.


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About The Ohio School for the Deaf The Ohio School for the Deaf is the fifth oldest school for the deaf in the United States, opening its doors in 1829 and continues to serve deaf and hard of hearing students from around Ohio. Educational instruction is available in both American Sign Language and spoken English for students ages infants to 21 through various programs including the Alice Cogswell Center, Early Learning Center, traditional school for grades Kindergarten until 12th grade, and the 4Plus program. Families with deaf and hard of hearing children along with the local school districts that serve them receive resources and support through Statewide Services and Outreach. To learn more about OSD, visit www.osd.ohio.gov.


About The Ohio State School for the Blind The Ohio State School for the Blind opened in 1837 as the first public school in the United States for the education of Blind and Visually Impaired students. OSSB welcomes more than 100 students each year to our campus in Columbus, Ohio. We use Expanded Core Curriculum in our classrooms and offer students, ages preschool through 21, opportunities to learn and grow socially and emotionally in a safe classroom environment as well as through extra-curricular activities. Families with blind, visually impaired, or deafblind children along with the local school districts that serve them receive resources and support through Statewide Services and Outreach. To learn more about OSSB, visit www.ossb.ohio.gov.


About BridgED

BridgED is a consulting company developed to “bridge the gap” between K-12 and the business community. The mission of BridgED is to create awareness, access and understanding of career pathways for students, teachers, and parents by facilitating strategic partnerships with K-12 districts and companies. The results include workforce development, work-based learning opportunities, philanthropic giving (scholarships and sponsorships), and helping students define their path forward. Learn more at www.BridgEDk12.com.


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