Butte High students have chance at science and math classes at Tech | Local

A federal grant will enable about 60 Butte High School students to prepare for college each year with a specific focus on math and science programs offered at Montana Tech.

Democrat Sen. Jon Tester announced the $1.3-million-dollar grant Montana Tech will receive to launch a new program called Upward Bound Math and Science. The program is expected to assist low-income students who attend Butte High School.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education. The new program is one of only 22 new programs to receive funding this year, according to a news release.

“This is a particularly personal victory for me,” said Amy Verlanic, executive director for the Institute for Educational Opportunities at Montana Tech and author of the grant. “I grew up low income and the first in my family to attend college, so I understand the educational and social challenges that these students face. We’re very grateful to Sen. Tester.” 

Tech offers low-income high school students a six-week non-residential summer program on campus to study science, language arts, foreign language, math, humanities, and computer technology. 

Doug Abbott, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Montana Tech, said through the release,“this grant will allow our reach and impact to expand beyond Tech’s undergraduate enrollment and provide Butte students at earlier ages the education needed for social and economic mobility.” 

Tester announced in May a grant of $1.48 million to Montana Tech to help 69 low-income, first-generation college students throughout Anaconda, Deer Lodge, Butte, and Helena successfully complete high school and earn post-secondary degrees.

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