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National Education Nonprofit, DoD STEM Launch College Readiness Program at Military-Connected Schools

National Education Nonprofit, DoD STEM Launch College Readiness Program at Military-Connected Overhills High and Western Harnett High Schools

 

A two-year College Readiness Program from the National Math and Science Initiative is launching at Overhills High and Western Harnett High Schools, both military-connected schools near Fort Bragg Military Base. The U.S. Department of Defense funds the program.

After one year in NMSI's CRP, students at military-impacted schools average a 45 percent increase in mastery of college-level concepts in math and science — compared to the national average increase of 5.6 percent. That increase is 81.5 percent for Black students, 34 percent for Latinos, and 38.4 percent for females.

Students with family members serving in the military move an average of six to nine times while they're in elementary and secondary school. NMSI's CRP leverages the College Board's proven Advanced Placement framework, preserving local control and creating consistent learning across all schools. That means students are on the pace from their first day in a new school - making all those moves a little easier.

"Cutting-edge educational opportunities for our DoD students is a combat-multiplier for Fort Bragg," said Col. Scott Pence, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander. "Programs that enrich education for military families support the CSA's Army People Strategy. When we take care of our families, we will have a stronger and more committed Army.  We appreciate our local school districts, NMSI, and DoD Stem for providing this educational initiative to our military families." 

“This opportunity will open the door to high-quality STEM education for students as they will be given the opportunity to take AP courses earlier and more frequently,” stated Allison Castle, Director of Academic Innovation and Special Programs at Harnett County Schools.  “Students will also be provided with additional supports to boost their performance in AP classes.   Teachers will benefit through participating in high-quality professional development and learning from colleagues regarding best practices to boost success for students.”

As a nonprofit whose mission is to advance STEM education so all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, can reach their highest potential, NMSI has served more than 250 U.S. schools that have significant enrollment among military-connected students.

NMSI is a member of the Defense STEM Education Consortium, which is committed to helping the department improve access for all students to pursue STEM careers and to consider Defense laboratories as places of employment.

About NMSI: The National Math and Science Initiative is a Dallas-based nonprofit with a presence in 40 states. NMSI has served more than 1,300 U.S. high schools to improve student access and achievement in STEM education through teacher training, collaboration with campus leaders and student-focused resources. Schools that participate in the nonprofit’s College Readiness Program see immediate and dramatic increases in the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams and earning qualified scores. NMSI seeks to give access to high-quality, college-level coursework for all students, particularly those underrepresented in STEM programs, which are often Black, Latino and female students. Learn more at nms.org.

About DOD STEM: The U.S. Department of Defense STEM program seeks to attract, inspire and develop exceptional STEM talent across the education continuum and advance the current DoD STEM workforce to meet future defense technological challenges. For more information, visit dodstem.us.

 

Pictured in the left image from left to right are:
Dr. Aaron L. Fleming, Superintendent 
Mr. Gerhard Guevarra, School Liaison
Mr. Matthew Price, Principal at Western Harnett High School
Mrs. Allison Castle, Director of Academic Innovation and Special Programs 
 
Pictured in the right image from left to right are: 
Dr. Aaron L. Fleming, Superintendent 
Mr. Gerhard Guevarra, School Liaison
Ms. Patricia Shaffer, Overhills High School Improvement Chair
Mr. Christopher Pearson, Principal of Overhills High School   
Ms. Meagan Culbertson, Overhills High School Assistant Principal and Partner School Director