Life is full of firsts. From learning to walk to exploring college and career options,
first steps can be intimidating, especially if students aren't ready to enter college,
start a career or able to pay for tuition.
That's why the American Electric Power Foundation has introduced Credits Count. Through
a $5 million, five-year grant to the Columbus State Community College Foundation,
the program will be launched in five Columbus City high schools and middle schools
that feed into them. Columbus State will work with students and their families to
explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields, introducing students
to careers they may otherwise never have considered as options.
Along the way, Credits Count will help students fill in learning gaps, so they are
ready to study college-level courses while still in high school. By graduation, students
will have earned credits that count toward a certificate in a STEM-related career
or toward a college degree in fields like information technology.
Through Credits Count, the AEP Foundation, Columbus State and Columbus City Schools
are helping young people to become the next generation of critical thinkers that will
find solutions to complex challenges for businesses and communities.