Kentucky Power gives STEM grant money to Lawrence Co. schools

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LAWRENCE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Friday’s fifth installment is Kentucky Power’s last payment to Lawrence County Schools for its multi-year grant.

The multi-year grant started in 2015 in partnership with The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation Credits Count Grant. Then, Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) works with the schools to integrate STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, classes.

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According to a press release, about 2,500 students benefit from the grant, totaling $815,000 over the past four years.

“Kentucky Power and the AEP Foundation support improving lives through education,” said Kentucky Power President Brett Mattison. “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.”

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.”