New MCCTC STEM academy welcomes 2016-2017 class

The program is offered to students in grades 9 through 12 and is also available through state-wide open enrollment

The first day of classes begin Monday for the new STEM academy at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center (photo provided).
The first day of classes begin Monday for the new STEM academy at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center (photo provided).

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The first day of classes begin Monday for the new STEM academy at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum is part of the course at Valley Stem M-E 2 Academy.

With more than $450,000 worth of state of the art technology and a new 7,500 square-foot lab, both students and teachers can’t wait to get into the class room.

The first lesson the students will be learning is called the puzzle cube project. It’s all about the basics of the course – learning the CAD software as well as all of the foundations of engineering.

“They’ll be able to work with all of our machinery that is in the lab, 3-D printers, laser engraver, and CNC machines. There are also clean energy technology courses that focus on offering clean energy options,” said Rachel Young, STEM coach at MCCTC.

The school was able to purchase the machinery with a grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

The program is offered to students in grades 9 through 12 and is also available through state-wide open enrollment.

The focus of the curriculum is to educate students in new technology and retain those students in the local workforce.

“We want them to stay here and work here. Employers in the area have expressed a demand for the types of skills we are teaching our kids,” said Mara Banfield, STEM director. “What we want to do is not replace their traditional setting, but work with the traditional setting schools.”

Students who take this new Valley Stem program will spend the whole school day at MCCTC, but they can still participate in extracurricular activities at their home school.

There are 94 kids enrolled in the program.

Applications are available for fall 2017 enrollment.

If interested in applying or for more information, visit www.mahoningctc.com.

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