As the month of May concludes, so concludes the first school year for the new Geauga iSTEM Career and College readiness high school. This new school, initially funded by a grant from the State of Ohio, is a small, intellectual public STEM school option that maximizes individual potential and ensures students are well-equipped to meet the challenges in the world around them. Although not directly affiliated with the Auburn Career Center, classes are conducted in dedicated space on that campus. 43 students were enrolled in the initial freshman class last fall and those students will move to their sophomore year as approximately 45 new freshmen are expected to enroll this coming fall.
Equipped with their own unique skill sets, students are later enrolled into post-secondary institutions and organizations throughout the area.
iSTEM is open tuition-free to students throughout Ohio, although most students currently attending are from Lake and Geauga counties. All iSTEM students engage in a personally relevant and academically rigorous curriculum and are prepared for college and 21st century careers within a safe and trusting environment, through powerful teaching and problem-based interdisciplinary learning. What is done at iSTEM comes down to giving students access to real life success while providing rigorous educational opportunities.
The school is closely linked to our community and industry/manufacturing/business challenges and solutions that will train students to undertake the issues of both today and tomorrow. A local Business Advisory Committee has been established to provide “real world” input into the school.
By providing our next generation with specialized training and that hones in on their talents, we also work to foster a healthy, growing economy in which local businesses thrive. This training includes the technical skills and the soft skills in demand by local businesses.
As these students graduate, they will become excellent employment candidates for Mentor and Lake County businesses, as they will come in fully prepared for today’s work challenges.
Job shadowing and internship opportunities for these students in your company are in demand by the school. See www.istemghs.org for more details.
Rich Peterson, School Board Member, Geauga iSTEM