In 2014, OCEF announced its partnership with Oldham County Schools to raise funds to help 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 9th- 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 participated.
The program is the first to come out of the district's Next Generation High School work group, which formed 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.
The OCS Engineering Academy expanded in 2015 to offer a second-year Principles of Engineering course while increasing enrollment. In 2016, three specialization courses, Aerospace, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Computer Science were added. Each OCS Engineering Academy course is paired with students’ required math class, with several mathematic options offered depending on student needs.
In 2016-17 and through 2018, we witnessed tremendous growth through a number of new, exciting engineering and biomedical programs and the completion of the renovation of the Arvin Education Center which houses many of the STEM programs.