Coordinator sought to advance Indiana County STEM academy project

Posted on Dec 26, 2014

Officials at the Indiana County Technology Center have approved creating a position for a coordinator who will help oversee efforts to establish an academy for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education on the ICTC campus.

Vicki Smith, who chairs the ICTC Joint Operating Committee of school board representatives from member districts, reported on the move while presiding over the Dec. 18 meeting of the Homer-Center School Board.

Smith is also a member of a committee that plans to pair the STEM Institute for Future Innovators with the Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center in a proposed addition to the existing ICTC building that is expected to cost between $8 million and $9 million.

The Challenger Learning Center, which is part of a program operated by a NASA-affiliated foundation, will help students in grades up to the middle school level from a 22-county area explore and sharpen STEM skills by completing simulated space missions. The STEM Institute will provide laboratory and classroom space for area high school students to further develop such skills with an eye toward future careers.

Organizers recently passed the halfway mark in funding for the project, with the announcement of a second, $2 million grant from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program. Matching funds are now being sought.

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