OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today presented a $25,000 check to the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce to help develop a new Advanced Placement (AP) program for high school students in Carter County that is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
“In our area, 19 of the 25 fastest-growing jobs are in STEM related fields,” said Mita Bates, president, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce. “Earlier this year, we joined Partners in Education (PIE) to review AP STEM-related classes offered to students in our area. During that review, we found an opportunity to bolster STEM education. This generous gift from XTO Energy will help enable our students to have a strong foundation in these critical fields to prepare them for success in college and beyond.”
The grant will be used to help develop a program aimed at improving STEM education among Carter County students. This new program would include an embedded STEM curriculum at the high school level beginning in the freshman year. Juniors would be provided access to AP programming at two of the five area high schools, and seniors would have two STEM options, including taking courses at a new STEM Academy at Southern Oklahoma Technology Center.
“ExxonMobil greatly values the importance of providing today’s students with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Jared Young, manager, Public and Government Affairs, XTO Energy Midcontinent Division. “We are proud to partner with the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce to provide this help to develop the next generation of leaders in this community and in our industry.”