New VHS Learning and National Math and Science Initiative Program Enables Over 100 Rural Students to Take Advanced Placement Courses at No Cost
Boston — Oct. 20, 2020 —VHS Learning’s new partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has helped over 100 students from rural schools take Advanced Placement courses that would have been unavailable to them. The partnership enabled the schools to enroll the students in VHS Learning’s AP courses via a NMSI grant program. Students also received guidance from NMSI coaches. Schools will receive grants to cover all enrollment costs and student access to laptops, as necessary.
The students came from 15 parochial and public schools in Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont and Pennsylvania. The program allowed them to enroll in the following courses:
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Calculus BC
AP English Literature and Composition
AP English Language and Composition
AP Physics 1
“The National Math and Science Initiative believes that STEM education is the greatest equalizer to accessing opportunity and is unmatched in unlocking student potential,” said NMSI Director of Business Development and Partnerships Sara Leikin. “Our partnership with VHS Learning allows us to increase educational opportunities and empower better outcomes for all students.”
“We’re very proud to be working with NMSI,” said Carol DeFuria, President & CEO of VHS Learning. “This program prepares students for college and future careers, gives them opportunities that would have been otherwise unavailable, and enables them to work collaboratively with peers from around the country, all while remaining in their rural hometowns.”
While the application period ended in September 2020, the program itself will run for three years, from the 2020-21 school year onward. “Schools will have no limit on the number of students they can enrolled,” said DeFuria. “The goal of this program is to encourage as many rural students as possible to challenge themselves and excel.”
NMSI’s work creates increased opportunities and better outcomes for all students, contributing to the foundation of anti-racism, social justice, economic prosperity and national security. The non-profit engages with school systems based on local priorities and uses evidenced-based programming and constantly evolving best practices. NMSI focuses on the ecosystem, engaging communities and families and changing leadership mindsets and local practices to embed equity into NMSI schools. Learn more at nms.org.
About VHS Learning (VHS, Inc.)
VHS Learning is a nonprofit organization with more than 24 years of experience providing world-class online programs to students and schools everywhere. Offering more than 250 unique online courses, including 24 AP® courses, credit recovery and enrichment courses, and a selection of dual-credit options, VHS Learning is accredited by Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), and Cognia. Courses are approved for initial eligibility by NCAA. For more information about VHS Learning please visit https://www.vhslearning.org/ and follow on Twitter at @VHSLearning.
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