For Immediate Release
October 20th, 2016
Contact: Ray de los Santos, rsantos@LNESC.org, (214) 943-2528
LNESC and GM Foundation Launch Third Year of STEM Program at Carter Middle School
ARLINGTON, TX – J.I. Carter Middle School in the Arlington Independent School District in partnership with the General Motors Foundation and LULAC National Education Services Centers (LNESC) will kick-off the third year of their Science Corps partnership. The public is invited to participate in a reception and program orientation on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 6:30 pm at the Carter M.S. library located at 701 Tharp St., Arlington, TX 76010.
With a mission of developing leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) the GM Foundation/LNESC partnership has existed for almost 30 years and seeks to motivate middle school students to pursue careers in the STEM fields by exposing them to real-world STEM applications and problems.
During the 30-week after school program, students meet twice a week with science and/or math teachers on the Carter Middle School faculty. The Science Corps program emphasizes making program activities fun and exciting, while effectively increasing mastery of STEM subjects by combining hands-on, inquiry-based learning; field excursions; exposing students to STEM professionals, and developing group cohesion and a scholastic identity around science.
Renato de los Santos, LNESC Dallas Program Director, stated: “We will highlight alumni from last year’s program who will life share their thoughts on how this program has impacted their lives and opened doors that they had not anticipated.”
“Our goal is to inform our community about this great partnership that has created tremendous excitement about STEM careers on our campus, and to inform our parents about the skills necessary to land a job in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” said Reny E. Lizardo, principal at Carter Middle School. He continued, “Ms. Genedra Trotter, the Science Corps Program Teacher will be showcasing the amazing work that our students accomplished last year and will highlight the outstanding plans that we will implement in our second year".
Students’ achievements in STEM are further highlighted through GM’s STEM ALL-STAR program, including recognition on their school wall and STEM award announcement at a major school event and access to GM’s team of engineers and field trips to GM facilities. LNESC, General Motors and the GM Foundation have had a long-standing partnership dating back to 1986, supporting a wide range of educational initiatives including scholarship opportunities, Young Readers Literacy Program, Community Computer Lab at the LNESC Center in Dallas and around the nation and the Science Corps Program to help support under-served communities across the country.
LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) - was established in 1973 by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to provide educational programming to high-need students throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Through their educational initiatives and high-quality education programs, LNESC helps members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. LNESC has served over 500,000 students, and awarded over $20 million in scholarships. LNESC’s results are made possible by a network of dedicated field staff, top-notch teachers, over 90 school partners, and the support of LULAC - the nation’s largest membership-based Latino civil rights organization. LNESC works to change lives and build Latino communities, one student at a time.
About the GM Foundation - Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
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