Central Michigan University has received a five-million dollar grant to help expand STEM programs.
The donation from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation will help create more science, technology, engineering and math programs, also known as STEM, for children ages 10 to 15.
The programs will include camps, workshops and tutoring.
Kathy Wilbur is the Vice President for Development and External Relations at CMU.
“We really do need to be reaching down into much earlier stages, first of all to have young people understand the value of a college education, but then to very specifically begin to think about what are your interest areas and what are the interest areas that would serve the public good in the state of Michigan, and how could you participate in that.”
Wilbur said the university has started some programs, but with the donation, it will be able to launch even more.
“With this additional support from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation we’ll be able to accelerate that and have it on board much more quickly. I expect that we will by at the very latest, the end of 2016, some of that programming coming online.”
According to Wilbur, it’s important to get children involved with STEM programs at an early age. Some of the funding will also be used to train a new generation of STEM teachers.
“It’s not just reaching out to students, but it’s also reaching out to the other folks that work with those students, be they teachers, be they family members, other members of the community as well.”