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Battelle Supports Growth of KIPP Columbus with New Teacher Fellowship

COLUMBUS, OH – Battelle is helping students by training their teachers.

A new $300,000 grant from Battelle will pay to train new teachers at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Columbus by pairing them for at least a full year with mentor educators at the school as they prepare to launch their own classrooms. With its focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the new STEM Teaching Fellowship Program will provide fellows with robust professional development and support in the STEM fields. These extra resources will help ensure more Columbus kids receive the education they need to succeed in STEM.

“At Battelle, we see first-hand how solutions to the problems that matter most require deep STEM skills,” said Jeff Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle. “We’re proud to partner with KIPP Columbus to expand a school that already has provided new opportunities for so many kids in Columbus.”

The STEM Teaching Fellowship Program is one part of KIPP Columbus’ strategy to grow from more than 300 middle school students to nearly 2,000 K-12 students by the end of the decade. The school also will serve as a key demonstration site for the incorporation of STEM school practices into the KIPP model. Today, the KIPP network comprises more than 140 schools across the country.

“Our students benefit from of an engaged Columbus community each and every day,” said Hannah Powell, Executive Director of KIPP Columbus. “Whether it is a significant investment in our teacher STEM training like this generous grant from Battelle or the time contributed by our volunteers that come to our school each day, we are able to provide a transformative education to KIPPSTERS because our faculty, our families and our community are collectively aligned around the mission of equipping every student with the knowledge, skills and character traits necessary for success in college and life. We are deeply grateful to Battelle for this investment because we know our students will reap the reward.”

The grant is the first in a multi-year partnership between KIPP Columbus and Battelle. Announcement of a second, significantly larger, program is scheduled for August.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org. 

About KIPP

KIPP (the Knowledge is Power Program) is a national network of free, open enrollment charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in life and college.  Opened in Columbus in 2008, KIPP Columbus has provided access to transformational education for hundreds of children grades 5-8.  A new KIPP campus is set to open with the 2014-2015 school year, which will expand the school to include elementary and eventually a high school with a goal of reaching 2,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade by the end of the decade.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or delaneyk@battelle.org, T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or masseytr@battelle.org or Hannah Powell at (614) 517-0949 or hpowell@kippcolumbus.org.