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Education for the next generation of STEM leaders in Columbus

Recent graduates of the STEM-focused Metro Early College High School demonstrate that the model in collaborative education works: For the 2015–2016 school year, both the graduation and college acceptance rates were 100 percent.

The success of Metro, founded in 2006, speaks to the success of an integral partnership between Ohio State, Battelle Memorial Institute and the larger Columbus community.

“We wanted to have a school that’s homegrown, where students get to experience Columbus and what the city has to offer,” said executive director Meka Pace.

Metro students take classes at Ohio State. And three Ohio State deans as well as leaders at Battelle sit on the school’s governing board. In addition, each student logs at least 70 hours of service in Columbus every year.

“We think beyond the STEM acronym,” Pace said. “We focus a lot on a literacy we want every student to have, the 21st-century skills that any employer would want for their employees.”