Representatives of PPL Corporation and affiliates were on campus recently to present a check for $20,000 to provide continuing support for the STEM Magnet program. The company has played an integral part in the formation of the collaborative effort between Bloomsburg University, eight school districts and regional businesses and foundations to serve local high school students in advancing in the science, math, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
PPL leaders provide input on the development of the curriculum and serve as mentors to students in the program in addition to the financial commitment. Pictured (L-R) Michael Munroe, plant manager, PPL Montour; Elizabeth Mauch, dean of the College of Education; Teri MacBride, PPL regional affairs director, Susquehanna Valley; and David L. Soltz, BU president.
From courses in human biology to object-oriented Java programming to calculus, BU’s first-ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet program capped its initial year without a hitch. Roughly 40 students from Berwick, Bloomsburg and Central Columbia school districts got a taste of higher education while earning college credits by completing STEM courses on campus this past fall and spring semesters. The program will grow next year, adding students from Benton, Danville, Millville and Southern Columbia school districts, along with Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School.