STEM programs receive grant funding

For immediate release: June 1, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. (CPWDC) granted Bloomsburg University’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics initiatives over $40,000 in funding for tuition, books, transportation, supplies and food costs.

The STEM Magnet Program, founded in 2013, allows high-achieving high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head start on a college career in the STEM disciplines. From the CPWDC grant, an estimated $300 per person will go to cover partial tuition and book costs for up to 60 students, adding up to a total of $18,000.

Another $6,000 will benefit the Summer STEM Teacher Institute for 20 kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. The institute will take place in three parts, with one week spent at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, one week spent at BU, and a field trip to the Whitaker Science Center in Harrisburg. This will be STEM’s first teacher academy.

The rest of the funding will go to the operation and implementation of the Great STEM Adventure Camps, hosted on the Bloomsburg University campus.

The Great STEM Adventure Camps will offer three programs to middle through high school students, with each camp focusing on different areas of learning from STEM, and providing avenues of learning to students who wish to develop their academic interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The CPWDC is committed to the development of a workforce system that will attract and grow businesses in Central Pennsylvania. Their mission is to be the leading vehicle for the coordination, integration and alignment of workforce activities, as well as to improve education systems and the quality of the labor force in Central Pennsylvania.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.