The Ohio-based American Electric Power Foundation has awarded a five-year, $800,000 grant to the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Marion. The money will fund an expansion of the foundation’s Credits Count program.
Credits Count targets students in urban or rural areas who may not be able to afford a college education and encourages them to consider science, technology, engineering and math. The grant will benefit students at Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School in Marion. Middle school students will be introduced to STEM experiences and provide a pathway for students to attain college credits while attending high school.
The year-round program focuses on expanding awareness of STEM careers, college course readiness assessments, providing remediation and improving skills prior to students enrolling in dual enrollment programs and allowing students to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits.
"I am so thankful to Indiana Michigan Power, the American Electric Power Foundation and Ivy Tech Community College for providing this giant professional training opportunity through the Credits Count Program," said Brad Lindsey, superintendent of Marion Community Schools. "The vision for this grant will help Ivy Tech, Marion Community Schools and the greater community of Marion, Indiana to raise the standard of excellence and performance in science, technology, engineering and math career preparation."
The AEP Foundation says the program will reach nearly 2,250 students to assess their college readiness and of those students, at least 700 are expected to earn college credit while completing high school.
"We are so honored and thrilled to be the recipient of the AEP Foundation grant," said Alex Huskey, president of the Ivy Tech Marion campus. "The real recipients though, and benefactors of this partnership, is our community and the students. They now have a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow, through education and development that focuses on their success."
Ivy Tech is the fifth college to receive funding from the American Electric Power Foundation for the program.