Brighter futures for children begin with a good education, especially in a world that increasingly favors jobs in the technology sector. Today’s students need every educational advantage to make the most of their potential. That’s why AEP invests in programs from pre-school to graduate school to help students move toward academic success in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.
In its first three years of operation, our Foundation’s Credits CountSMprogram has helped provide dual enrollment opportunities for high school students to earn at least 12 college credit hours by the time they graduate toward a degree or toward a job-ready certificate. In addition, middle school students have the opportunity to explore STEM careers at an early age. The program currently reaches communities in five of our operating company areas—Columbus, Ohio; Lawrence County, Kentucky; Marion, Indiana; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Our employees take a hands-on approach to education by spending time with students in the classroom and mentoring them in extracurricular activities. During Appalachian Power Company’s Read to Me Day some 318 employees read to more than 17,000 elementary students across three states (Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) making it a memorable day for both kids and employees.
AEP supports students in kindergarten through high school with $200,000 a year in grants for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics activities and competitions. Teams are led by educators, coaches and mentors—including employee-parents—who volunteer to engage students in researching and solving a diverse range of problems using robotics.