Technology Advocate for Ohio’s PreK-12 Stakeholders

Ohio’s Information Technology Centers (ITCs) work together as a statewide network called the Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN). The Management Council represents, coordinates and supports the collaborative efforts of the OECN, which implements a broad spectrum of academic and administrative technologies across Ohio’s PreK-12 education system.

Mission Vision Values MC The Management Council
Mission Vision Values
Mission Vision Values MC MISSION The Management Council Mission Statement Mission Vision Values MC VISION The Management Council will be the catalyst to optimize resources and collaboration across the Ohio Education Computer Network. Mission Vision Values MC VALUES Trusted Advocacy
Innovate with Integrity
Collaborate Efficiently
Student-Focused Leadership
Stakeholder-Aligned Solutions

History of the OECN

1979

The Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN) was created in 1979 by the Ohio Legislature under ORC 3301.075. Originally there were 27 data centers providing financial accounting support to school districts. Over time the owner-members of a few data centers voluntarily merged to create greater financial and operational efficiencies.

mid-1980s

DA-Sites (today known as ITCs) formed the Management Council to represent them on a statewide basis.

1998

Bruce Hawkins hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Management Council.

2005

New Ohio Administrative Code rules were adopted to rename DA Sites to “Information Technology Centers” (ITCs). This new name better recognized their role in providing a technology shared services to Ohio’s schools.

2015

Geoff Andrews hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Management Council.

Today

There are 18 member Information Technology Centers serving over 1.4 million students in 700 school districts, career centers, community schools, and educational service centers.

Virtually all of Ohio schools subscribe to several times the national standard of 100 kilobits per student (the rare exception being schools electing less due to cultural traditions). Many districts are already meeting the next standard of 1MB per student. Fiber or equivalent capacity serves all the districts. The Management Council and its various technical and educational divisions (such as INFOhio, Ohio K12 Help and Ohio State Software Solutions) continue to make sure that students have appropriate connectivity, support, software, and digital resources to get the education they will need to succeed in the future.

The Management Council has 70+ employees dedicated to our mission.