At a brand new STEM school in Ohio, students are starting a five year journey through tech fields.
At Metro Institute of Technology, the first five year STEM school in Ohio, ninth graders take accellerated classes for their first two years. During the third year they begin taking classes at Franklin University or Columbus State Community College.
In its pilot year, the school has 70 ninth graders enrolled. It will add one 100 student class each year until the current students reach “13th grade”.
Upon graduation students will have an associate’s degree or a certificate. The school is free; the MIT students don’t even pay for books.
“They just bring such a vitality and energy and enthusiasm to campus,” said Evelyn Levino, Franklin University’s vice president for university planning and services.
In addition to providing space, Levino indicated that Franklin is helping MIT with additional needs, such as providing lunch and additional security.