(PRWEB) November 10, 2013
The need for STEM skills is quite evident in today’s global economy. "According to the U.S. Labor Department, US has 13 million people looking for jobs. At the same time, US has 3 million jobs looking for qualified skilled people, US is currently ranked 25th out of 35 countries in math and science. We need to ramp up STEM education significantly to stay competitive in the global economy” states Dr. Appu Kuttan, NEF Chairman and a STEM education visionary.
The National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in STEM education, announced today an innovative grant partnership with TEKSystems and the State University of New York (SUNY) to create model world-class STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math English etc.) education programs in our nation’s schools.
This inaugural launch provides a $100,000 grant opportunity for one middle school in each of the Baltimore, Denver and Raleigh Metro areas. Any middle school with 35% or more students can apply for the grant on or before November 20, 2013 at http://www.cyberlearning.org. Awards have already been made to schools in Chicago, Dallas and Seattle.
This grant program designed by NEF and administered by SUNY provides a Total Solution System including personalized learning, stipends, learning management system, mentoring, motivation, teacher training and tech support.
The world-class STEM+ system solution is capable of advancing a student one grade level in a subject in 20-30 learning hours as documented by SUNY. All the courses are mapped to the Common Core Curriculum standards as well as state standards in all 50 states.
The grant includes a student STEM+ academy, a teacher academy and a parent academy in IT and Business as well as a tuition-free workforce development academy for employers in the community.
In addition to a world-class STEM+ academy for the students, the grant provides a Parent Academy in IT and Business, and a Teacher Professional Development Academy, and a tuition-free Workforce Development Academy for employers in the community.
To apply for the grant, visit http://www.cyberlearning.org, or contact Tamara Stephens, NEF Grants Coordinator at 703-823-9999.
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is the national non-profit leader in bridging the academic and job skills divides by providing world-class education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), English, test prep, digital literacy, IT, business and management to millions of disadvantaged students and adults. See http://www.cyberlearning.org.
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