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NASA to Work With D.C. Public Schools to Mentor Students With Disabilities

By SpaceRef Editor
December 14, 2012
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NASA to Work With D.C. Public Schools to Mentor Students With Disabilities

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Office of Education has entered into a memorandum of agreement with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to help foster science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational opportunities among high school students with disabilities.

This collaboration is part of the broader DCPS Competitive Employment Opportunity Program, a career-focused mentoring program that connects selected high school students with disabilities to professional mentors in the greater District of Columbia community. The program provides students with career exploration opportunities, soft skill training and career goal-setting support, and culminates with a mentor-supported, career-focused capstone project.

“NASA Education is committed to using the excitement and appeal of the agency’s programs and missions to encourage students to pursue STEM studies and careers,” said James Stofan, the agency’s deputy associate administrator for education program integration. “We particularly want to encourage students who are underserved or underrepresented in STEM to explore the many opportunities that pursuing this course of study can offer. This partnership will help us do just that.”

The initial phase of this mentorship and collaboration will take place during the first half of next year. NASA will invite some participants to a summer internship with the agency in 2013.

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