Today’s students need a solid understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to successfully compete in tomorrow’s workforce. That’s why AEP supports education—especially in STEM—for students from pre-school through graduate school.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma helps teachers foster an appreciation for science in young learners by hosting the annual Bright Start, Right Start Pre-school Science Teacher Workshop.
With the help of AEP-funded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) grants students from kindergarten through high school participate in robotics activities and competitions. AEP’s Teacher Vision Grants program offers grants of $100 to $500 to educators who have a creative idea for an academic project to improve academic achievement. Nearly 200 grant requests received $70,000 in funding in 2017. Teacher Vision and FIRST grants are available throughout the AEP service territory.
In 2017, Laredo Community College in Texas and BridgeValley Community and Technical College in West Virginia joined the Credits CountSM program. Credits Count, funded by the American Electric Power Foundation, provides dual enrollment opportunities for high school students to earn at least 12 college credit hours by the time they graduate or credits toward a job-ready certificate. Middle school students also explore STEM careers at an early age as part of Credits Count. The program is in all seven AEP operating company service areas.
In addition, our employees share their knowledge and interests as volunteer tutors and mentors to help children achieve in school. On Read to Me Day employees from Appalachian Power, Kentucky Power and Public Service Company of Oklahoma, read to elementary students from a selected book and donate the books to individual students or to the school library.