As an integral foundation of our economic development work, the Columbus Partnership is dedicated to creating and maintaining the best urban metropolitan education infrastructure in the nation serving as a magnet to attracting talent and businesses to the Columbus Region.  Our organization supports the leadership of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and his dedication to improving education in our community.  Our private sector CEOs actively seek to enable all of our children to succeed in the city’s vibrant, growing economy; make Columbus a global leader in developing the highly skilled, creative, entrepreneurial workforce that will propel economic growth in the 21st Century; and leverage the resourcefulness of our entire community to meet these goals.


Columbus Partnership members are actively collaborating on education initiatives and programs that ensure every student in Columbus has access to a quality education.

  • Columbus Partnership members participated on the Columbus Education Commission, which developed The Columbus Plan.
  • Ohio State and Columbus State have built the Preferred Pathway Program to provide students a clear and direct path to earning a degree from The Ohio State University.
  • Columbus Partnership members served on the Columbus Education Commission, an initiative under previous Mayor Michael Coleman, out of which came FutureReady Columbus – a public/private partnership that focuses on college and workforce readiness for all citizens.


Reimagining Columbus Education

We are firmly committed to working with everyone in the Columbus community to take the necessary steps to improve education in Columbus.   Our children are the most important asset in our community and we must provide each and every child a quality education.

Race to the Top Funding

Ohio was one of 10 states to win Race to the Top funding. During the next four years, the State of Ohio will distribute more than half of the $400 million to 488 participating districts and charter schools. The allocation for Columbus City Schools is estimated to be $20.5 million during the four years.

Improving STEM Education

The topic of improving the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has been a prevalent conversation throughout the nation.

  • Battelle, the world’s largest private research institution, is forging forward as a National Leader in STEM Education.
  • In 2013, American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation began funding a new pilot initiative with the Columbus State Community College Foundation to launch a STEM dual enrollment program at Columbus City high schools.


Columbus Partnership members are invested in improving educational quality and boosting educational opportunity for all students through their leadership in a variety of community initiatives including: