Grand Valley is set to receive a $900,000 state grant as part of a five-year plan to help expand K-12 computer science education in a statewide effort to broaden STEM education in Michigan.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this week that GVSU is one of three educational entities to receive the five-year grants. The other two are the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.
This year’s funding will support the continuation of educator and student STEM programs and convene a diverse group of stakeholders to develop a four-year strategic plan, Whitmer's office said.
“STEM education opportunities are critical as we prepare young Michiganders for high-tech, high-skill careers that will serve as the backbone of Michigan’s economy,” Whitmer said. “These investments are critical to ensure our schools have the funds to help each and every Michigander reach their full potential."
State officials reimagined how to move Michigan's STEM education forward by creating three educational action areas, with each grant recipient focusing on one aspect of STEM, said Kris Pachla, director of GVSU's Regional Math and Science Center, which is administering the funds awarded to Grand Valley.