Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) selected by Ohio as Lead for High School Tech Internship Intermediary


Local Non-Profit Receives Grant Funding to Build High Tech Workforce

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE), through their strong intern programming is collaborating with the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce to encourage High School students to pursue careers in Technology by accepting an internship in a business.  The High School Tech Internship Intermediary will pay 100% of students’ salaries who work more than 200 hours with a company.  SOCHE will begin making matches between students and companies early in January 2024.

According to recent publications, Ohio currently has over 400,000 individuals working in Technology roles across the State.  This workforce is expected to grow over the next 10 years by at least 20%.  In addition, Technology positions have incredibly competitive salaries ranging from $50,000 to over $150,000 annually.  Based on the projected growth and current needs across Technology occupations, the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce has developed a program to build this critical workforce in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Education chose several internship intermediaries across the State, and we are privileged to have been selected.  The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education will work with Employers and High School students to place students into Technology positions.  These positions will cover the entire range of Technology occupations (engineering, information technology, etc.) and will work to give students an excellent overview of what Technology professionals accomplish within their companies.

SOCHE will work closely with Technology First, Dayton Regional Manufacturers Association, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Dayton Area Logistics Association, and other trade associations to ensure we inform as many employers as possible regarding this fantastic opportunity.  Hundreds of employers who have taken advantage of SOCHE’s internship programming in the past and have found it highly effective in building workforce.  Interested businesses can contact SOCHE directly through

SOCHE will also work closely with School Districts to recruit students for internships.  Interested High School Juniors and Seniors can apply for an internship at

“SOCHE is extremely excited to partner with the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce as they lean forward with innovative solutions for High School students across Ohio.  Our students need to have exposure to the many great occupational opportunities that are available.” Cassie Barlow, PhD, SOCHE President

Throughout the year, SOCHE collaborates with 22 Colleges and Universities, K12 Districts, and Industry with the goal of transforming the economy through education and employment.  SOCHE leads the SOCHEIntern program, which has existed for over 40 years.  This internship program matches students with positions in businesses with the goal of building the next generation of workforce.  Many SOCHEInterns are now leaders within their companies who are now working to build their next generation of workforce.  Ohio has a strong history of embracing internships and has become known across the country as an area with a high percentage of paid internship opportunities.  You can learn more about SOCHEIntern at

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