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State Sen. Gene Yaw, NMSI Officials Formally Announce $1.2M Grant Program at WAHS

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October 11, 2018 | Community

State Sen. Gen Yaw with WASD officials.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (OCTOBER 11, 2018) — State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) joined Williamsport Area School District students, teachers and administration to formally announce the district's participation in implementing the National Math and Science Institute's (NMSI) College Readiness Program through a $1.2 million state grant.

Funded over a three-year period, the program will work to ensure “more students have access to the challenging classes that will prepare them for future success.” Further, “the three-year program dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) math, science and English exams and has a proven track record of improving results for traditionally underserved and female students.” 

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the students and teachers at Williamsport,” Yaw said. “While this investment will certainly provide another level of pre-college support, it can be a game-changer for our region economically by enhancing the skills of our future workforce.”

“This grant opportunity provides access and opportunity to achieve Advanced Placement curriculum for all high school students," said Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers. “The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) takes the approach that by removing barriers and providing teacher and student resources will level the playing field for all students to achieve and be college and career ready.  The district is significantly grateful to Senator Yaw’s office and NMSI for providing the opportunity for this type of funding that only could be realized through the grant.”

“NMSI is grateful to Senator Yaw and the entire state of Pennsylvania for providing additional support to increase access to quality STEM education, which we believe is the key to unlocking students’ potential,” said Jackie Castma, vice president of program management, delivery and operations at NMSI. “We couldn’t be more excited to empower the work that Williamsport Area High School leaders, teachers and students are taking on to lay the foundation for the next generation of problem-solvers and STEM experts."

Pictured above from left is WASD School Board President Ms. Lori Baer; Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers; WAHS AP Stats teacher Mr. Nathan Pish; Sen. Gene Yaw; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Bigger; WAHS Head Principal Dr. Brandon Pardoe; WAHS AP English teacher Dr. John Weaver; and Dr. Bernadette Boerckel, secondary curriculum supervisor. To view more photos from the ceremony, click here.
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