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BPCC will receive $1.4 million to launch STEM program Credits Count, which is a five-year project that aims to get students in Caddo and Bossier Parishes interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. BPCC will receive $1.4 million to launch STEM program Credits Count, which is a five-year project that aims to get students in Caddo and Bossier Parishes interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

The American Electric Power Foundation has partnered with Bossier Parish Community College to create a program that will benefit middle and high school students in North Louisiana.

The program, Credits Count, is a five-year project that will target dual enrollment students in Caddo and Bossier Parishes with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. BPCC will receive $1.4 million from the AEP Foundation to launch the program, which has four major components: STEM experiences, college course readiness assessments, summer bridge programs and dual enrollment in high schools and BPCC.

The purpose of these components is to expand awareness of STEM careers through middle and high school experiences and identify gaps in reading, writing and math. They are also aimed at allowing students to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits toward an associate degree or career ready certificate.

"STEM fields will drive our economic growth in the 21st century," BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson said in a news release.  "Our potential in Northwest Louisiana is limited only by our ability to nurture talent."

"Through the AEP Foundation's Credits Count program, we are changing lives for our young people in both Caddo and Bossier Parishes, so they can be a part of a well-educated workforce of the future," AEP-SWEPCO president and COO Venita McCellon-Allen said.

Credits Count's goal is to serve 400 students once it's launched next year.

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