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Grants offered for STEM curriculum in Michiana schools

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Changes could be coming to the school curriculum for five Michiana counties.

Corporate Partnership for Economic Growth has teamed up with Project Lead The Way to adjust curriculums for schools who choose to.

The PLTW helps schools to focus on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM education.

The idea behind the program is to get students prepared from kindergarten through high school for the jobs in these related fields.

The PLTW and CPEG will make the program available to Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties.

It's projected that there will be 123 thousand new STEM related jobs by 2018.

"We also believe that if we create these kind of students that can take these kind of positions that we can increase the number of stem-related jobs because we can grow our economy and attract businesses here and also allow businesses to expand," says the President and CEO of Project Lead the Way, Vince Bertram.

$4.4 million of grant money will be available to schools for teacher training, participation fees and required equipment. Both public and private schools may apply for the grant.

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