- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s community colleges would be able to offer bachelor’s degrees in certain circumstances under a proposal to be contained in the budget Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) releases Monday.

The administration announced Friday that students would be able to get a bachelors’ degree from a community college when businesses express a need for workers with advanced training and a four-year university is unable to offer the necessary training.

Kasich’s higher education plan also will call for using state-based financial aid to cover costs of going to college in the summer months, which aren’t covered by the federal Pell Grant. He also proposes expanded advanced-placement courses in high schools and credentialing more teachers.

The Republican governor further asks college presidents to study giving college credit for competencies gained outside the classroom.

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