The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC), in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center (OVESC), develops and implements driver education programs throughout the region in 15 school districts. The program is designed to address a need expressed by districts, as well as a significant barrier to student employment.
Information from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that having a valid driver’s license is considered a key skill in several industry sectors. The need for employees to have a driver’s license showed the largest percentage increases in job postings from 2017 to 2021 in the industries of information technology (171%), business services and administrative (178%) and health sciences (294%).
According to a recent survey of 700 teens by Aceable, a Texas-based online licensing provider, 71% of teens who completed driving school were employed, while only 19% of those who did not. their driving studies have a job. In addition, the survey showed that 58% of teenagers who have not completed their driving studies would like to find a job. Students in four counties in the region do not have access to driving lessons, even from private providers, and in other cases, providers have long waiting lists. “Some students in our area are traveling all the way to Columbus to access driver education programs,” said Lori Snyder-Lowe, Superintendent, MVESC. “This initiative is critically important to the future of our students, and we are excited to work in conjunction with OVESC to make driver training available to area school districts,” she added.
MVESC is currently actively recruiting part-time driver training instructors for 14 districts in eight counties, and they include Coshocton, Hocking, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington. Driving lessons can be given during the day, in the evening or on weekends. The MVESC will fund the training of eligible candidates to obtain their driving instructor license or certification. Applications and more information are available online at https://mvesc.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx.