Bring STEM home.
Southwest Colorado is home to a large number of Native Americans, including 1,200 enrolled in local school districts. However, these students are far less likely to go on to college and their scores in math and science significantly trail their peers. As a result, Native Americans are underrepresented in STEM professions.
The American Indian Measurable Success (AIMS) Initiative is a grassroots, collaborative effort to increase college readiness and success in STEM fields for Native American students. The project brings together Native American tribes, local schools, Fort Lewis College, and several other partners. CLS will play a key role in the project by introducing its AP program at schools in Durango, Ignacio, and Cortez in the 2016-2017 school year. The goal is to enroll 500 Native American students in AP courses.
Fort Lewis College is one of the only colleges in the country to offer free tuition to Native Americans, and the high school students graduating from the CLS AP program will be invited to participate in a Native American STEM cohort at the college. The goal is for one-third of the Native American college graduates to commit to teach STEM topics in local schools.
To learn more, contact CLS Director Greg Hessee.
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