Brother Rice and Lawrence Tech Partnership Will Boost Students’ Readiness for STEM College and Professional Careers
Brother Rice High School and Lawrence Technological University have formed an academic partnership that will significantly enhance the curriculum of Brother Rice’s newly formed S2TEM Academy and give Lawrence Tech the opportunity to develop relationships with motivated college prep students that are well prepared to succeed in bachelor’s and advanced degree programs.
As part of the program, Brother Rice S2TEM Academy students will have the opportunity to take courses taught by LTU instructors and receive Dual Enrollment Credits for select college-level courses. LTU students will provide mentoring support to Brother Rice students enrolled in the program, thus fulfilling their Educational Service requirements. Brother Rice students will also be able to participate in Lawrence Tech’s internationally acclaimed Engineering Competition teams as well as have access to LTU campus facilities for robotics, architecture and other related STEM disciplines.
The memorandum of understanding was signed Nov. 9 by Brother Rice High School President John Birney and Lawrence Technological University President Virinder Moudgil.
“This partnership with Lawrence Technological University will greatly enhance the new Brother Rice Science, Spirituality, Technology, Engineering and Math (S2TEM) Academy which will open officially in the fall of 2016. Similar to a college within a university, our S2TEM Academy will offer students the opportunity to prepare for college and professional careers requiring STEM skills within a curriculum and culture enhanced by the Brother Rice mission to develop more complete men of spiritual faith, character and integrity. We believe the ability to take college level courses taught by Lawrence Technological University instructors will not only enhance our students’ learning experience but also provide a more seamless transition to the rigors of higher education”, said John Birney, Brother Rice President.
LTU President, Virinder Moudgil said LTU welcomed the opportunity to develop relationships with motivated college prep students who will be well prepared to succeed in bachelor’s and advanced degree programs.
“It is vitally important to the economic growth of our nation to increase the number of college graduates with degrees in the STEM areas. These will be the leaders and innovators of the future who will create jobs and strengthen our competitiveness,” Moudgil said. “We have found that a strong preparation in high school enables students to excel in college and then pursue advanced degrees.”