Cincinnati State hosting STEM program for high schoolers

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati State is now the home to Ohio's third STEM Academy, a charter community school for high school students.

The first day of classes for the 9th - 12th graders is Sept. 4 at the main campus of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

The school will be one of three STEM community schools in Ohio, and the second in the state to be located on a college campus.

The STEM (for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at Cincinnati State will provide students with high level academic classes and allow them to enroll simultaneously in programs at Cincinnati State at no cost to the student.

Recruiting efforts have focused on individuals who have not had success in the traditional public school environment. For most of these students, the only option before The STEM Academy was a GED program.

Current enrollment for the first term has reached 200, the maximum that program organizers sought during the initial year. However, a waiting list has been formed, and prospective students may apply for future openings and enroll for the next term. Eventually, The STEM Academy plans to expand to about 800 students and become a complete high school with full athletic programming.

Students will wear uniforms and be provided laptop computers for their use in all classes. Students will have their own cafeteria through a contract and partnership with Cincinnati State. The meals will be provided by the College's culinary program.

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