Inaugural class starts at Springfield STEM school


Officials gathered this morning in Springfield to commemorate the opening of the first bioscience-focused school in the nation.

The Global Impact STEM Academy opened with an enrollment of 50 ninth-grade students at its facility on the campus of Clark State Community College.

Ohio Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield) attended the ribbon-cutting event and thanked several institutions for “making this day possible,” including Clark State, The Ohio State University, Battelle, Bob Evans, Wal-Mart and Springfield City Schools.

“The Global Impact STEM academy in Springfield will give students and parents a public school choice that allows for more student-focused curriculum and attention than what can be provided in a traditional public school,” Widener said in a statement. “Through partnerships with educational and business leaders, the new STEM academy here in Springfield will prepare students for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow, help fill jobs that required specialized training, and prepare students for university-level studies in in-demand fields.”

The Academy is modeled after its sister school in Franklin County, But the Springfield STEM Academy will focus on agricultural education, according to the release.

To apply or for more information, visit GlobalImpactAcademy.org.


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