Duke Energy partners with Marian University to advance STEM teacher preparation in Indiana

by Mark Apple | Feb 24, 2017

INDIANAPOLISDuke Energy has donated $50,000 to The Educators College at Marian University to help develop and promote the STEM Teacher Preparation Program in Indiana. The program will result in scholarships for top performing students, with a particular emphasis on traditionally underrepresented minorities, who desire teaching careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The grant will be used toward recruitment opportunities for building the future STEM teacher pipeline in Duke Energy service territories. 

Over the past four years, Duke Energy has invested significantly in The Educators College at Marian University. This recent investment continues to advance the goal of elevating the role and importance of teachers in our education system in Indiana. Overall support from Duke Energy will help promote the mission of The Educators College by increasing awareness of its goal of bringing top students to the teaching profession where students will complete a one-year residency and graduate with a Master’s degree. 

As evidenced in their K-to-Career program, Duke Energy’s commitment to quality education spans kindergarten through career placement, supporting effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). By fostering a growing interest in the STEM fields for students, our communities will continue growing and producing skilled workers that bring new thinking and innovation to our lives.

“We share a common interest with Marian University—to prepare Indiana's workforce for the jobs of the future,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd. “That means investing in science, technology, engineering and math education and the teachers who engage and inspire students to pursue a career in those fields. 


About Marian University Indianapolis
Marian University (www.marian.edu), founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of nearly 3,000 through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31 independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide. Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2013, Marian University opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 35 national championships in cycling, captured the NAIA Football National Championship in 2012 and 2015, and won the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship in 2016.

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