CLEVELAND - In typical STEM fashion, it was a laser instead of scissors that cut the ribbon Monday at the grand opening of the MC2STEM High School at Cleveland State University.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District juniors and seniors who previously attended STEM classes at the Health Careers Center now have a suite of newly-renovated classrooms in Rhodes Tower.
"What it does is allow our students and classrooms to intersect with the university classrooms and allow our students to have both high school and college credit at the same time, to access state-of-the-art biology and chemistry labs, technology labs, and so it's just a really remarkable partnership," said Eric Gordon, CEO of Cleveland schools.
The partnership is between the school district, CSU and KeyBank Foundation which donated $1.25 million to renovate the classroom space.
"Our futures are inextricably linked," said Chris Gorman, President of Key Corporate Bank, "and they're inextricably linked about having a quality workforce and a bunch of well-prepared, highly-educated people."
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Cleveland schools have a comprehensive STEM program that includes six kindergarten to 8th-grade buildings. Ninth graders attend classes at the Great Lakes Science Center. Tenth graders attend classes at General Electric's Nela Park facility.
Gordon said 100 percent of the students who graduated from the STEM program last year were accepted into college with $10 million worth of scholarships.
"This is a feeder program of what reform needs to look like across the city," he said.