In 2014, OCEF announced its partnership with Oldham County Schools to raise funds to sponsor the county's STEM initiatives. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, represents a variety of programs targeted to grow the technical skills of students and help prepare them for a technical career.
The OCS Engineering Academy, a half-day program for ninth- and 10th-graders from all three Oldham County high schools, will utilize Project Lead the Way — a curriculum for the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In the first year, 75 students from across the county will participate.
The program is the first to come out of the district's Next Generation High School work group, which formed last November to assess which areas of the job market will experience growth locally and discuss how the district can help prepare students for those sectors. The program launched in the Fall of 2014 amidst outstanding interest from students, as well as the community.
OCEF has secured grant funding to get the program launched, and is launching a capital campaign to secure additional funding for the initiative. For more information on the program, click here.