Delaware program promotes STEM careers in the classroom [video]

 (Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

A local organization that prepares young people for the business world is partnering with the Delaware STEM Council to expose students to careers in science.

On Tuesday, Junior Achievement of Delaware announced plans to expand its career-readiness efforts in order to link students with professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With funding secured from the Dow Chemical Company, the Delaware STEM Council will join Junior Achievement to launch an in-school curriculum-based program called “JA It’s My Future.”

“Careers in STEM are among the fastest growing right here in Delaware and in the nation,” said Rob Epps, President of JA of Delaware.

In the fall of 2014, JA plans to implement a two-year pilot program that will offer 3,500 Delaware middle school students six weeks of STEM education and mentoring.

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“Better preparing our students and equipping them with real-life, practical STEM skill will make them more marketable and attractive to potential employers,” Epps said.

Residents who hold STEM-related jobs are encouraged to help JA make an impact.

“Having STEM professionals in the classroom, engaging the kids in a very real and practical way will take the experience to a much higher level,” said Judson Wagner, Co-Chair of the DE STEM Council, which was formed in 2009.

Anyone interested in supporting the “JA It’s My Future” program can sign up online.

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