Ag science school now accepting applications

The Global Impact STEM Academy (Global Impact) has begun accepting applications for their 2013-2014 school year, which begins on August 21 on the campus of Clark State Community College in Springfield. For their first year, Global Impact is accepting applications from upcoming freshman students.

Founded by state Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield, the Global Impact school is the first regional science, technology, engineering and math school in the state dedicated to a specific industry, in this case agricultural science. Agriculture accounts for one in seven jobs in Ohio.

“We’re looking for upcoming freshman who have a real passion for making the world better,” said Carl Berg, Interim Director of Global Impact. “This school’s curricula will take those interests and mold them into skills that can feed, clothe, power and protect the world.”

The school’s specialty focus in agricultural bio-science includes food science, energy and environment. Students from across Ohio are eligible to attend the school tuition-free, but officials expect most students to come from Southwestern Ohio.

Josh Jennings, the Founding Director who will take over Berg’s duties in July, said they hope to attract 75 students for their first year.

“These students will be preparing for specific careers,” Jennings said. “Our hands-on, real-world, project-based classes will challenge students so they’re ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”

Applications for enrollment are preferred before May 24. Students and parents can learn more about Global Impact and apply at the school’s website,

The Global Impact STEM Academy was designed to create educational opportunities through applied learning and hands-on, real-world problem solving curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Springfield STEM concept for bio-sciences is the first of its kind in the nation to directly link education with economic development and job growth in agricultural bio-sciences through a public institution. The school will open August 2013, with the first year location at the main campus of Clark State Community College.

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