Clark County will be home to the first of its kind industry-focused Global Impact STEM Academy opening August 21, 2013 at the Clark State Community College Campus in Springfield. This academy, proposed by Sen. Chris Widener, is the first industry-focused regional science, technology, engineering and math school in the state. Josh Jennings, a local farmer-turned-educator and active Clark County Farm Bureau member will be the founding director of the STEM Academy.
As Farm Bureau members are aware, our region and our state face a serious and widening gap between our workforce capabilities and the scientific, technical and problem-solving skills required for the agbioscience industry. As our largest economic sector, Ohio’s agriculture industry employs one in seven Ohioans. This industry includes traditional agricultural production as well as food science, bioscience, energy production and environmental sciences.
Never before has it been so vital to place skilled individuals into the organizations and businesses that impact every single one of us each and every day. The next generation will be responsible for what the world eats, wears, sells, burns, wields and yields. To make a global impact for the better, the Global Impact STEM Academy will position students to be responsible global, regional and local citizens and professionals.
Freshmen entering the STEM School will find the focus on agbiosciences to be a game changer in their high school experience and their future through this model:
– Inquiry and problem-based learning – real world application-based coursework for skill development
– Flexibility – learn to think critically while adapting to changing circumstances
– Mastery learning system and mixed delivery methods– students will work at their own pace and learn in variety of different ways – small groups, labs, field trips, industry interaction
– Internships and placement – access to internships, applying classroom learning on-the-job
– Post-secondary connection – earn up to two-years college credit during junior and senior years
– Propel into your career – prepared to take a job immediately after high school or work through to a Ph.D.
Applications are currently being accepted, space is limited and any incoming freshman with interest should visit globalimpactacademy.org or call 937-38-STEM-1 for more information. Encourage an incoming freshman you know to check out this opportunity that will impact our industry and our world.