Institute’s Involvement in STEM for High Schools Excites Business Audiences

The Indiana-wide program that boosts STEM college- and career-readiness for public high schoolers–a program administered by the Institute for Educational Initiatives–has announced big plans for its second year of operation. On top of the nine high schools that participated in the first year of this Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), eleven more high schools were selected to join in the effort in 2013-2014.

This growth, combined with the nice fit AP-TIP IN enjoys with the Indiana Department of Education and the funding partner, the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI, pronounced Nimzy), was celebrated at an event in the Indianapolis State House on April 23. Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, was among the participants in the ceremony. You can read all about the program’s purpose and plans at the IEI website.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of this effort, which powerfully reflects Notre Dame’s commitment to advance the future of children and schools, is the way the business sector is embracing this program. I’ve found the media people most excited about this effort to encourage high schoolers as learners of science and math (and the study of English is also involved) are the people in the business media. In particular, Inside Indiana Business, serving corporate-world readers throughout the state, has responded well to our announcements right from the start.

Recently, they featured the AP-TIP IN program on their hour-long TV show, broadcast on PBS stations. Click on the link, then click on the icon with the caption “College Readiness,” to see the five-minute segment from a recent program. NMSI is a nationwide initiative largely supported by companies who know they need employees well-skilled in math and the sciences. This need for such employees, and the corresponding hope for students graduating into the workforce with STEM knowhow, deserves greater awareness and more action among parents of high schoolers…and among many other stakeholders. They all can find out more about Notre Dame’s role at the AP-TIP IN web pages.


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