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Corporate Gift Brings Specialized STEM Curriculum to Third Hardin County High School

Hardin County Schools

A financial gift from a corporation will allow a Hardin County high school to offer a curriculum designed to help students excel in the STEM fields.

Dow Corning Corporation announced Monday that it’s donating $25,000 to implement the Project Lead The Way program at John Hardin High School. Project Lead the Way is a non-profit effort that designs programs related to science, technology, engineering, and math that are used in over 5,000 schools in the country.

Hardin County Schools spokesman John Wright says Project Lead the Way will open doors for students who excel in the program.

“North Hardin, John Hardin, and Central Hardin engineering students will now get the prerequisites that they need at their home high schools that will allow them to go to our new Hardin County Schools’ Early College and Career Center that opens in August.”

The Early College and Career Center is a collaboration between Hardin County Schools and WKU, and will offer students the chance to take classes in fields such as engineering, manufacturing, and automotive technology. Those classes transform into college credit from WKU, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, or Sullivan University.

John Hardin High School students can currently take Project Lead The Way classes, but they have to ride a bus to Central Hardin High School in Cecilia. North Hardin High School also offers Project Lead The Way courses at its facility in Radcliff.

Twenty current John Hardin High School students are enrolled in Project Lead The Way. For the school year starting in August, incoming freshmen from Bluegrass Middle School will begin the curriculum, with current students moving into higher level classes.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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