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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Educational Talent Search (E.T.S.), a program that provides assistance by way of academic, career and financial assistance to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of $40,000.
“The number of STEM jobs has been steadily increasing in today’s economy and employers are looking for students with the proper training to fill these new jobs,” said Claire Shirtzing, Student Mentor Coordinator. “While the number of STEM jobs is increasing, the number of women in the STEM workforce is not. This grant will allow us to expose a greater number of female students to the STEM field and increase the likelihood that they pursue careers in STEM, increasing female representation.”
Designed to support student success, E.T.S. provides tutorial services, information on postsecondary education and assistance in preparing for college admissions programs among multiple other initiatives.
“Thanks to this grant, Talent Search will be able to empower 20 young women from the Lansing School District to pursue STEM education by sending them to the Miss Media All Girls Technology camp offered by MSU,” Shirtzing said. “In addition, a further 6 high school students will be introduced to STEM fields and empowered to be leaders in the field through the Math, Science, Technology, and Leadership camp experience.
In order to be eligible for the services of E.T.S., students must be first-generation, low income and in middle school or high school. Adults who are pursuing their GED are also eligible.