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KCC, INNOVATE Albion expand youth STEM programming through $100000 Consumers Energy grant – Battle Creek Enquirer

Kellogg Community College and regional partner INNOVATE Albion are expanding and increasing access to STEM experiences for youth in Calhoun County with the help of a $100,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation.
The grant, announced May 21, is for the 2022-23 academic year for the “Bruins Innovation: A Skills and Stem Youth Outreach” project is intended to help increase interest in STEM and skilled trades education and careers in Michigan, specifically:
• The creation and administration of free youth STEM camps at KCC’s Eastern Academic Center campus in Albion.
• Scholarships for students to attended existing STEM-related youth camps offered as part of KCC’s Bruin Youth Programming initiative this summer.
• Support for educational programming offered via KCC’s new Bruin Industrial Trades Mobile Trainer.
• Support for youth camps and classes offered at INNOVATE Albion, and associated scholarships of special interest to the project is to intentionally reach out to socioeconomically at-risk youth to inspire and engage them in STEM and the skilled trades.
“This Consumers Energy Foundation grant is helping us support the type of early engagement with hands-on STEM programming that will have a lasting impact as we begin filling the talent pipeline by encouraging K-12 interest in these opportunities,” interim KCC President Paul Watson II said in a release. “This investment will plant seeds for the growth of the future electricians, engineers, machinists, technicians and welders needed to build a healthy and competitive STEM industry in Michigan in the years to come.”
For more information about youth programming and youth scholarship opportunities at KCC, visit kellogg.edu/youth or call 269-965-4134. For more information about INNOVATE Albion’s summer STEM camps and scholarships, visit innovatealbion.org or email churteau@casterconcepts.com.


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