STEM program growing
by Sunny Meriwether - posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013 @ 12:19 pm
West Monroe High School's new STEM building, home of the MagnaTech Academy, stands to benefit from tonight's Big Event sponsored by the West Monroe High School Foundation.
The 12,000 square-foot building is virtually complete and already housing classes and labs. The foundation's support helps with the purchase of equipment and supplies needed for the new high-tech curriculum. Tonight's fundraiser features former NFL star Archie Manning, and proceeds from the event will help the foundation in its support of the STEM program.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Blair David, DirectoMar of MagnaTech, said funding for the building came from the Qualified School Construction Bond program, a federal stimulus fund.
David said West Monroe decided on STEM to address the perceived need to prepare students for careers in that lucrative field.