11/16/2018
Ky Power presents fourth installment of $815,000 grant
Kentucky Power presents $180,177 to ACTC. The award is the fourth installment in an $815,000 AEP Foundation grant.

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power on Friday delivered the fourth installment of an $815,000 multi-year grant that is funding efforts to boost science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Lawrence County Schools.

The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation Credits Count Grant, announced in 2015, is being funded over five years in partnership with Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC). Since the first installment, ACTC has worked with Lawrence County Schools to expand STEM offerings and dual credit options. About 2,500 students stand to benefit from the grant. The project is designed to reach students as early as middle school to nurture their interests in STEM careers. As they advance, Credits Count helps them earn college credits or career certifications by the time they finish high school. Friday’s grant installment totaled $180,177 and was presented during a Day of STEM Exploration with middle school student in collaboration with the Kentucky Science Center. Kentucky Power engineers also facilitated an electricity workshop for students during the event.

“Kentucky Power and the AEP Foundation support improving lives through education,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite. “Far too often, we hear of barriers that keep students in eastern Kentucky from moving on to higher education and reaching their goals. By helping students earn college credit and career skills while still in high school, this grant is a major investment in our children, our communities and the future of eastern Kentucky.”

The Credit Counts grant provides for: middle school STEM experiences to engage students as early as possible in college exploration for STEM-related careers; college course readiness assessments to identify gaps in writing, math and reading that may need tutoring support; a summer bridge program to provide any needed English and math remediation prior to students entering the dual enrollment program; and dual enrollment in high school and at Ashland Community and Technical College.

“We are elated to be driving STEM education in partnership with Lawrence County Schools,” said Dr. Larry Ferguson, ACTC’s president and CEO. “AEP Credits Count has received significant attention and accolades from Kentucky Congressman Rogers and Lt. Governor Hampton and rightfully so.”

Mia Brown, ACTC’s project director for Credits Count, said efforts to raise interest and awareness in STEM careers and technologies is leading to significant student gains.

“Data show that after learning about more than 100 new careers and technologies in STEM, student interest in STEM has risen 33 percent, while student disinterest in STEM has decreased 22 percent,” Brown said. “We have created a successful STEM model that connects middle school STEM exploration to college readiness preparation and early college opportunities. It is an exciting time for Credits Count students.”

Students participating in STEM day said the hands-on activities were a fun way to learn.

“We are very appreciative of AEP and Kentucky Power,” said Robbie Fletcher, superintendent of Lawrence County Schools. “There is no way our students would have the same experiences without this grant. It is changing their thinking, opening their minds to the possibilities and raising their expectations for the future.”

The AEP Foundation is funded by AEP and its utility operating units, including Kentucky Power. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education in science, technology, engineering, math and the environment and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Kentucky Power, based in Ashland, serves 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.

Kentucky Power presents $180,177 to ACTC. The award is the fourth installment in an $815,000 AEP Foundation grant.

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