YCSD Awarded DoDEA Partnership Grant

Posted On: 12/4/2018

The York County School Division has been awarded Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership grant. The $1 million grant will provide funding over five years to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for YCSD elementary and middle schools.

The school division submitted a grant proposal - Skills, Opportunities, Academics, and Readiness (SOAR) – to increase experiences and preparation for student success in STEM-related career fields by funding innovative learning spaces, materials for afterschool STEM clubs, and staff professional development. In addition, summer enrichment STEM camps for military-connected students will be offered as a result of the grant.

DoDEA grants are available to school divisions in which 15% or more of the student population is military connected. More than 44% percent of the students impacted by this grant (grades K-8) are military-connected students, and have unique needs due to frequent school transitions and parent deployments. While DoDEA grants are designed to support military-connected students, the resources developed through the grant will benefit every student.

“We are excited to have received this funding,” said Dr. Victor Shandor, division superintendent. “This project supports several objectives of our strategic plan to ensure our students have rigorous educational experiences, such as providing career awareness and exploration opportunities and exposure to high-demand career fields such as robotics, engineering, and cybersecurity.”

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