Utah Business Magazine Feature

November 14, 2019

We were fortunate enough to be featured in the latest issue of Utah Business. The article highlights our STEM program for middle schoolers, AIS PREP, as well as the challenges that Native Americans face in pursuing a college degree. It’s wonderfully written and we’re so proud to be included in this issue. The following is a preview of the article. To read the rest please visit their website.

“The AIS PREP program is a six-week STEM education summer program for young American Indian students, with six different locations throughout the west―and they have plans to expand to another two locations by 2020. The program spans the course of three semesters, with most of the students entering the program before starting seventh grade and graduating prior to starting high school.

During the six weeks of the program, students spend school nights in dorms on campus so they get a glimpse of the true college experience before heading home on the weekends. Throughout the week, students attend classes focused on simple machines, thermal science, electrical engineering, and mechanics. There are even weekly field trips to college campuses and other professional corporations so that students can better envision a future for themselves in STEM.

And the program is 100 percent free for qualifying students. Everything, from the sheets on the bed to the toothbrushes in the bathrooms are paid for by American Indian Services from program donations, giving the students who live in these poverty-stricken areas everything they need for a truly unique educational experience.

‘The students we work with don’t have these kinds of opportunities,” says McMillan. “They live in remote places and come from some of the poorest, rural communities. So they just recognize the importance [of programs like this] and they are thrilled to have the opportunity to do something.’ ” Continue reading here…

AIS PREP – Blanding student, Kiara



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