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Ohio STEM Leaning Network Receives Grant from Walmart

Posted on May 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH., 17 May, 2012– Building on a strong foundation of public-private partnership, the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) today announced it has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for the continued growth of the OSLN. The grant will support overall operations of the network and facilitate the launch of new schools in rural Ohio including an academy focused on biosciences.

At the OSLN’s flagship Metro Early College High School in Columbus, David Gose, Walmart’s Regional General Manager for Southern Ohio, and Erik Hingst, Walmart’s Senior Manager for Public Affairs and Government Relations in Ohio, joined Battelle Vice President for Education & STEM Learning Eric Fingerhut for the official announcement. Also attending was Battelle’s Director of STEM Innovation Networks, David Burns.

"We are proud to welcome Walmart to the OSLN family," Fingerhut said. "The Ohio STEM Learning Network was launched in 2008 as an unprecedented partnership between the public and private sectors. It is fitting to include Walmart, a business deeply committed to promoting STEM education in Ohio and around the country, as a partner in the network’s continued growth.”

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s efforts to continue fostering academic success in Ohio. We are also proud to support the expansion of the Network that will bring this advance curriculum to more Ohio’s students,” Gose said. “Walmart proudly supports Ohio’s agriculture industry and we are grateful for the opportunity to support educational programs that will work to develop the future of Ohio’s agriculture industry.”

Metro opened its doors in the fall of 2006. The school’s pioneering approach to learning has since served as a model for STEM schools in Ohio and the United States. On average, 82 percent of Metro graduates earn college credit while in high school and every Metro graduate has been accepted to college. Metro is supported by and works closely with Battelle and the Ohio State University.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

About OSLN

Created in 2007, OSLN is supported and managed by Battelle. The OSLN has benefitted from the leadership of Ohio governors, state legislators and local government officials, as well as business, education and foundation leaders.  Significant early-stage financial support was provided by the State of Ohio and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, OSLN includes schools in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron and Reynoldsburg, with new schools/programs being planned in Rootstown, Springfield, NW Ohio and SE Ohio. Seven STEM hubs support the growth of STEM education in each of Ohio’s diverse regions. Together, the STEM schools and hubs work with public and private schools in their region to spread the innovative teaching and learning strategies that characterize the most effective STEM programs. 

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