Thanks to a $1.5M grant from the American Electric Power Foundation, many Kanawha County Schools students will now have increased access to STEM academics as well as the opportunity to gain college credit through the new Credits Count program. Dual credit courses will be offered in Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology and students will have the opportunity to graduate high school with 12 hours of college credit in these areas.
The Credits Count grant schools include Riverside High School, Nitro High School, Andrew Jackson Middle School, Cedar Grove Middle School, Dupont Middle School and East Bank Middle School.
The program was designed to prepare middle schoolers and high schoolers for early college enrollment and college coursework in STEM-based fields. In addition to STEM courses and learning, the grant funding will also provide: after school programs, family engagement activities, college readiness assessments, summer college preparation, and faculty development. These courses and training tracks will prepare students for careers in IT systems, chemical processing, electrical maintenance and more.
The $1.58 million gift is the largest grant ever given by the AEP Foundation.
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