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Bosch Community Fund awards $600k to support STEM programs in Boone, Kenton and Grant counties

The Bosch Community Fund is awarding Boone, Grant and Kenton County School districts a combined STEM grant valued at more than $600,000.  

The grant is to be used over the next three years to support teacher training, engineering programming from “Project Lead The Way,” and dual credit scholarships for underrepresented populations to take rigorous college classes while in high school.

“We could not be more excited about this award and what it will do for the region,” said Jerry Gels, Principal of The Ignite Institute.
 

“Bosch is a regional high-demand employer, needing a specialized workforce talent, willing to invest in the local education community.”  

Leveraging partnerships, the scholarship portion of the grant alone will have a long-term impact in excess of $8 million, according to Gels.
 
This award will go a long way to help the Boone, Grant and Kenton County school districts to increase the availability and interest in engineering-related fields by more than 100%. These are the skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

“The last few years at the Kenton County Academies have been very exciting, it is no longer student interest that is the limiting factor in the growth of these fields. It is more a matter of teacher training, and resources, to make this growth possible,” said Francis O’Hara, Director of Innovation at Kenton County Schools.

Realizing most of their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math needs were similar, earlier this year representatives from all three school districts worked together with the Northern Kentucky Horizon Fund to draft a plan that will create incredible opportunities for their students.

“We are incredibly grateful to have an organization like the Horizon Fund advocating for us and making these kinds of relationships possible. They were the catalyst that brought all three districts together on this initiative,” said Gels.
 

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