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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio higher education officials have launched a website to help prospective college students and returning workers find the ideal institutions and careers for them.

The recently unveiled site is OhioMeansSuccess.org . It's sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Visitors can compare colleges in their interest areas, look for financial aid and learn how different institutions will treat their on-the-job training, military experience or early college credit.

Students as young as eighth grade receive pointers for preparing for their chosen college and career path.

Chancellor Jim Petro says the site is another tool for boosting college completion rates in the state. Only 26 percent of Ohioans have a bachelor's degree, below the national average of 31 percent.

A note on the website from Jim Petro, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents:

Welcome to OhioMeansSuccess

As Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, charged with overseeing higher education in our state, I know how important it is for you as Ohioans to get postsecondary education, whether it be a certificate, two-year, four-year or post-graduate degree.

The importance of a postsecondary education is twofold. For you, it can mean a greater annual income. Statistics show that an individual with a bachelor's degree will earn nearly $1 million more over the course of his or her career than a high school graduate, while an associate degree holder will earn almost $450,000 more during that span. And for Ohio, it means being more competitive in a global economy by generating a greater number of skilled workers to fill available jobs.

Continuing your education is a big decision, but OhioMeansSuccess will help guide the decision making process for students and families exploring their many opportunities. OhioMeansSuccess is designed to get you on the path to college and career success, and we hope you start now. There's no better time to find your future.

Jim Petro, Chancellor

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