Bay View awarded grant for engineering program

June 21, 2010

School is one of ten in U.S. to receive grant from National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering


Bay View High School is one of ten U.S. schools slated to receive a grant from the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). A news conference will be held at Bay View High School, 2751 South Lenox Street, on Thursday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m.


MPS officials and Bay View High School administration, along with state elected officials will announce the NACME grant and the positive impact it will have on education at the school. Those confirmed to attend include Superintendent William Andrekopoulos, State Senator Jeff Plale, State Representative Jon Richards and State Representative Christine Sinicki.


MPS Superintendent William Andrekopoulos congratulated Bay View for winning the grant.


“This grant will provide essential support to Bay View’s Academy of Engineering,” said Superintendent William Andrekopoulos. “Funding from program partners, such as the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, directly addresses district efforts to close the achievement gaps between our minority students and non-minority students in the state. This grant is greatly appreciated.”


NACME President, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail also congratulated Bay View and MPS for

receiving the grant.


“Please let me congratulate Bay View High School and the Milwaukee Public Schools for confronting the ‘New’ American Dilemma. We at NACME refer to the relative absence of African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos in STEM study and careers, and the requirement to reverse this situation to better compete globally, as the ‘New’ American Dilemma,” said Dr. McPhail.


“We find ourselves at this moment in history with the number of engineering graduates at one of the lowest levels of the past 20 years, and yet a time when the demand for young people prepared to work in America’s high-technology industries has never been higher. Given that the number of college-age minority students will grow dramatically over the next decade, and that significant gaps in college participation and success exist between them and their non-minority peers, we must find ways to facilitate, rather than deter, their entry into and graduation from STEM disciplines.”


“Through the Urban Initiative, NACME, Project Lead the Way, and the Milwaukee Public Schools are insuring that the students at Bay View High School are fully prepared for the rigors of engineering study and the challenges of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. I congratulate you!”


“The NACME grant will be a great boost for Bay View’s Academy of Engineering,” said Robin Kitzrow, Bay View High School principal. “The grant will have a direct effect on the program’s initiative to help under-represented students prepare for higher learning and careers in engineering.”


State Senator Jeff Plale, who represents the Bay View High School area, agreed that it is important to close the achievement gap in the areas of STEM disciplines. “Providing an education and learning programs in STEM areas - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - is vital if we are going to prepare students for the jobs in the new world economy. Bay View High School deserves recognition for creating an Academy of Engineering and for finding ways to fund this educational opportunity," said Senator Plale.


Bay View High School will receive a grant in the amount of $7,000 from the NACME for the

development of the school’s Academy of Engineering. Students graduating from areas of STEM education will also have an opportunity to apply for a NACME pre-engineering scholarship in the amount of $1500.


The NACME organization receives support from the AT&T Foundation and several corporations and national donors.


MPS is the largest public school district in the State of Wisconsin, with 198 schools serving more than 85,000 students. Achievement and improvement are guided by the MPS strategic plan Working Together, Achieving More. For more information contact Roseann St. Aubin, MPS Communications Director, at (414) 475-8237.

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