Nurturing Brighter Futures
Advances in technology change our world at a rapid pace. The AEP Foundation is invested in making sure underserved rural and urban youth have an opportunity to be part of that change by supporting STEM education through the Credits CountSM program. Credits Count encourages middle school students to explore STEM careers, while high school students can earn their diploma and up to 12 college credits or a career-ready certificate in a STEM-related field. Through the AEP Foundation we have committed $14.2 million to the program which operates in all seven AEP operating company service areas.
In addition to Foundation support of Credits Count volunteers at our operating companies use their time, talent and experience to engage youth in STEM education and careers.
Helping students with early exploration of STEM careers is the goal of a joint project between Indiana Michigan Power and the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne, IN. Club participants in grades 4-6 spent six weeks learning about careers in the energy industry while gaining knowledge of electricity, electrical wiring and electrical safety. Some of the hands-on activities included three-dimensional computer programming, bucket-truck rides and learning to safely handle equipment.
As a local employer SWEPCO participated in the inaugural Explore Success at the University of Arkansas. Explore Success is a youth manufacturing conference for 8th and 11th grade students from seven counties in Arkansas. More than 1,000 students met with employers like SWEPCO’s Turk Power Plant who shared information about jobs that are available to them in their community and what employers are looking for in future employees.