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Mid Michigan school chosen to take part in national STEM program

Bay Arenac ISD chosen to participate in nationwide STEM Ecosystem program

The Bay Arenac I.S.D. Career Center is home to 1,200 high school juniors and seniors from 20 different schools in Mid Michigan. The curriculum is focused around 23 different programs based around the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM courses. Principal Linda Engelhardt says it's amazing to see what the students are learning at such a young age.

"It just blows me away. This is a place where students really need to look into if they want to get ready for their careers, and jobs of the future," Engelhardt says.

Now the school will serve as an example to other STEM based schools across the country. Bay Arenac I.S.D. was among 27 schools to participate in a program called the STEM Ecosystem Initiative. Great Lakes Bay Region Alliance President Matthew Felan says the recognition is important.

"There are incredibly innovative programs happening in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and we're honored to be selected with them. The recognition will help put the school in front of large national corporations and give us access to more grant opportunities for the school," Felan says.

The program will allow schools inside of the program to share new learning techniques and different classes which can be included in the future curriculum of the school.

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