A+ College Ready Receives $50,000 Grant from Boeing
Making another major investment in Alabama’s students, The Boeing Company has granted $50,000 to A+ College Ready for the development of rigorous high school courses that will significantly expand the pipeline of Alabama students prepared for Advanced Placement* (AP) and college level work.
“Grant funds will be used to convene teams of practicing master teachers to build three additional Pre- AP courses aligned with Alabama’s new college and career-ready standards and infused with rigorous Laying the Foundation lessons and strategies,” said Mary Boehm, president of A+ College Ready, a division of the A+ Education partnership.
A+CR had previously received a $500,000 grant from Boeing to support the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in 10 Huntsville City and Madison County schools, bringing the total investment made to $550,000.
"As a corporate citizen of Alabama and partner in our community, we strive to support innovative educational programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," said Tony Jones, Vice President of Boeing Huntsville's operations. "We are honored to partner with A+ College Ready as it continues to prepare more students for college, incentivize our educators, and provide career opportunities by raising the quality of, and access to STEM education."
The courses to be developed this year include Algebra 2, Chemistry and English 10, doubling the number of Pre-AP courses that have been created for high school students. Teacher teams in these disciplines will partner with representatives from Laying The Foundation, the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), and the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) and the courses will be rolled out to educators across the state next spring.
“This collaboration ensures the best possible outcome for course development,” explained Boehm. “And the partnership is made possible by civic-minded businesses supporting local students. We are very grateful to have been entrusted with this grant from Boeing.”