The Toledo Region’s schools excel in cultivating talent and business partnerships to power the new and growing manufacturing economy. Access to top instructors and programs in a wide range of academic options are available to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s career opportunities. An abundance of education choices are available, including public schools that have achieved a state-designated “Excellent” rating, trade and technical schools equipped to prepare the region’s emerging workforce, charter or community schools that provide specialized educational experiences, private or faith-based schools, along with a multitude of higher learning opportunities. The region’s educational choices all share a common characteristic – they provide an affordable and enjoyable student experience.
Toledo Public Schools (TPS) is the largest public school district in the region, with more than 30,000 students. The district recently completed the Building for Success program, the largest single building project in the history of the city of Toledo. Funded by $800 million in state and local monies, Building for Success allowed the district’s schools to be rebuilt and renovated, transforming the landscape of Toledo and improving educational opportunities for generations of students to come.
TPS offers rigorous curriculum choices that prepare students to enter the workforce, earn credit toward a two-year associate program or prepare for a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students can select training in one of 14 career technology pathways. These areas of training can lead to employment in the senior year through co-op agreements with local businesses, early placement training with an employer in the last semester of the senior year or internships with an area professional. More information can be found at www.tps.org.
A number of other excellent public school systems are also available in the Toledo Region including:
Anthony Wayne Schools
Eastwood Local Schools
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
Evergreen Local Schools
Lake Local Schools
Maumee City Schools
Northwood Local Schools
Oregon City Schools
Ottawa Hills Local Schools
Rossford Exempted Village Schools
Springfield Local Schools
Swanton Local Schools
Washington Local Schools
Trade & Technical Schools The region’s trade and technical schools prepare students for success in their chosen career paths through a combination of technical courses and traditional academics. The study programs are designed by a consortium of higher education, industry, local school systems and government working collaboratively to ensure that students are learning the skills necessary to become valuably-skilled members of the workforce. Learn more at http://www.techprepnwo.org.
Community/Charter Schools Community, or charter schools, are publicly funded, but independently run, non-profit educational institutions. The community schools do not charge tuition and state funds normally going to the local school district will follow the students into the community school. There are 11 community schools established in Northwest Ohio. Find out more at www.ohioschools.org.
Private & Parochial Schools The Toledo area is home to many excellent faith-based private and parochial schools. Please visit the following Chamber members for more information:
St. Francis De Sales High School
St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy
St. Ursula Academy
Toledo Christian School
Montessori Schools - Toledo Campus
Higher Education With 33 colleges and universities within 50 miles of Toledo, the region offers a comprehensive selection of higher education and vocational programs, putting students on the fast-track to opportunities in the New Manufacturing Economy. The region’s key universities are dynamic players in the talent and business incubation arena.
The University of Toledo not only offers more than 230 undergraduate majors and programs, but is also home to four incubators - the Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator, the Lab Incubation Center, Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex and the Minority Business Development Center. The incubators serve as home to start-up companies that can benefit from interaction with UT faculty and students, and assist companies in bringing next generation technologies to the marketplace.
The university is also home to the UT College of Medicine as well as the region’s only academic medical center. UT and the ProMedica Health System have entered into a relationship that will foster increased residency programs and clinical research. Not only will this allow more Toledo medical students to stay in northwest Ohio, but will also attract graduates of medical schools from across the country to the area for their residencies.
To better realize robust local and regional growth, the Division of Research and Economic Development at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is creating partnerships with private sector businesses to improve existing products and services, define best practices and integrate BGSU faculty and staff into the region's business community. World-class research is being performed by BGSU faculty at the Center for Photochemical Sciences, the Center for Family and Demographic Research and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center. More than 20,000 students are enrolled in the over 200 majors and programs at BGSU, and it is the 14th largest producer of teachers in the country.