Building the generation that will rebuild Ohio

We like the thought of $100 million worth of funding for math and science scholarships to train Ohio's young people for the tec
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

We like the thought of $100 million worth of funding for math and science scholarships to train Ohio's young people for the technological future most people agree we need to chase.

The problem is going to be convincing those best-and-brightest kids there's a future in Ohio worth chasing.

The fact is, we don't need to them to chase the future. We need them to build it.

Gov. Ted Strickland signed a two-year budget last week which included, among other educational initiatives good and bad, that scholarship fund. That's $100 million in tax money ready to entice kids with a math or science bent into Ohio colleges and universities.

Keeping in mind it can only be the first part of the equation, we think that has the potential to be money well spent.

Time and again we're told tech is the answer, that the next generation of high technology will be the basis and product of the industry that will replace manufacturing as Ohio's principal industrial breadwinner.

The seeds, or some of them, are already there, from obvious existing giants such as Battelle in Columbus to smaller, startup factories all around the state.

We're trying to attract them to the Sandusky area, too, and technology is weaving itself into existing industries. We can't forget the Delphi line worker who told us, years ago, he was taking training at BGSU Firelands in statistical quality control concepts that were boggling his daughter's college-trained mind.

Who knows what we'll be making and using, and making our livings from, in a few decades?

But those technologies aren't in place, certainly not in Ohio. We still have to figure out how to use them, see how they become part of our lives.

That's where the next generation comes in.

There's little now to keep them in Ohio.

It's up to us to find a way to keep them here, so they can find our future.