Scotlandville Magnet High School Engineering Students Network at Fundraising Breakfast
- December 16, 2010
Since 1990, the Scotlandville Magnet High School’s High School for Engineering Professions (HSEP) magnet program has served as a unique way of channeling young minority students into careers in engineering and the technical sciences. The program is overseen by an advisory council made up of local petrochemical companies, engineering firms, businesses, city-parish government offices and universities.
Each year, a breakfast is held for students and active partners. This year’s annual breakfast, held December 10, allowed all senior engineering students to join engineering and business sponsors at their tables to share what they have learned over the past four years and network for possible future internships. This year, the HSEP program has a record number of freshmen who enrolled.
The HSEP Advisory Council utilizes all funds earned as a result of the breakfast in supporting the program through materials, scholarships, ACT preparation, field trips, lab refurbishments, engineering activities, recruitment, marketing and competitive events.
Scotlandville Magnet High School houses the only National Academy Foundation Academy of Engineering in East Baton Rouge Parish and is one of only 60 in the country. Students study a Project Lead the Way curriculum with teachers who have received specialized training to effectively teach the curriculum. In addition, students take an End of Course Examination to qualify for college credit, which can be applied to more than 30 universities around the country. Scotlandville’s students have scored higher than the state average in two of the four courses and above the national average in one of the courses. Students enrolled in the program are also eligible for paid summer internships following the completion of their junior year.
Studies have shown the United States faces a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other mathematics- and science-literate workers. The country has a significant number of practicing engineers nearing retirement, and not enough students are pursuing related degrees. Through the continued support of local partnerships and through awareness of the program's successes, the HSEP program will succeed in increasing the number of students seeking careers in engineering and technical sciences.dd
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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