National Grid’s generosity played a critical role in ensuring students of all ages engaged in valuable learning experiences over the summer. The energy supplier’s charitable contribution of $20,000 paid dividends across campus.
College-aged students who are National Science Foundation scholars had the opportunity to take classes at no cost. Carolyn Keller (West Genesee HS, 2015) is a Mechanical Technology major. She took a Business class and a Statistics class during the summer. “I’m so appreciative that National Grid paid for my classes. It took such a weight off me. It’s nice to know National Grid supports you and wants you to succeed.”
Trevor Averill (Tully HS, 2016), an Engineering Science major, chose to retake a Calculus class during the summer and improved his grade. “When I took Calculus during the school year I had way too much going on. Taking it during the summer allowed me to focus on it more. It really helped not having to worry about how I was going to pay for the class.”
Oksana Drulyk (Liverpool HS, 2016) enjoyed a similar experience. The Mathematics & Science major retook Calculus and performed much better the second time around. “I think it was a really good thing National Grid did supporting us. It made a big difference in my life not having to pay for this class.”
National Grid’s support also benefitted members of Girls Inc. and other students who attended OCC’s annual STEM Camp. Participants had the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning in a classroom setting, building robots and working on other STEM-related projects. Students also visited Central New York employers offering vibrant careers in STEM-related fields.
Marwa AlQuarishi, a May 2017 OCC alumna, helped supervise STEM Camp students and guide them through STEM-related projects. She received a stipend from National Grid for her services and enjoyed the experience. “When I was their age I’m sure I didn’t know as much as they do now. It’s fascinating to see what they do and how they do it.” AlQuarishi is now a student at Crouse Hospital’s School of Nursing.
“National Grid is proud to support Onondaga Community College and the STEM programs and scholarships offered to high school and college students to experience how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play a huge role in business every day,” said Melanie Littlejohn, vice president of National Grid in New York. “Today’s students are the future leaders of Central New York, the same individuals who will one day engineer and design the systems that will continue to help improve our lives in the years and decades ahead. The STEM curriculum at OCC provides a great resource for students to learn from one another and to help spark an interest in STEM careers.”