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$1.25 million awarded to schools for STEM labs

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The Golden LEAF Foundation awards $1.25 million dollars to 15 schools for STEM labs. The Golden LEAF Foundation awards $1.25 million dollars to 15 schools for STEM labs.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Fifteen schools across the East will soon be getting new STEM labs. The grant made possible by the Golden LEAF Foundation, awards $1.25 million to schools in Pitt, Edgecombe and Beaufort counties.

The partners in this collaboration made the announcement Monday morning at the Pitt County Government building.

Representatives from PS Jones School in Washington, North East Carolina Prep School in Tarboro, Pitt County Schools, Pitt Community College, and East Carolina University were there.

This program focuses mainly on middle schools. Officials making the announcement said middle school students are usually just six years away from the workforce and the demand for an able workforce has never been higher.

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"A lot of people learn better in a hands on way." Dr. Tedd Morris, Associate Vice Chancellor of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development said.  "Our goal is to put facilities into the schools that support that type of learning activity."

Economic developers are pushing educators to prepare students so that when new industries arise, they will have the manpower to fill the needs.
"This starts before we even have a company in hand. We're talking about, how do we make all of our students the best they can be." Pitt County Development Commission Executive Director Wanda Yuhas said. 

By Fall, a fourth of the labs will be built, all fifteen by 2016. Next summer students and teachers will be inside the ECU Innovations Lab.
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