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University received $5 million donation

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MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

A donation to Central Michigan University is the one of the two largest in the school’s history.

The university received a $5 million donation from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to fund efforts to encourage middle school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The money will fund programming and education for children 10-15 years-old and professional development for teachers.

"This gift from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation is a direct investment in children and in employers who desperately need highly skilled STEM professionals," said CMU President George E. Ross. "We at Central Michigan University are proud to leverage our 123-year history of leadership in teacher education and to have been selected to spearhead this massive, groundbreaking effort to improve the lives of our youth and the economy of the region."

The money was donated, according to the foundation’s president Mike Whiting, after an assessment of STEM education resources.

“Some of the findings of the STEM Impact Study were that the STEM teacher pipeline is declining and there is limited STEM-focused professional development,” Whiting said. “One of the recommendations was to improve fifth- through eighth-grade math achievement.”

The initiative will be coordinated through CMU’s Center for Excellence in STEM Education.

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