Brother Rice, LTU Partnership Aims To Boost STEM Preparation

SOUTHFIELD — Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills and Lawrence Technological University have formed an academic partnership that will enable Brother Rice students to take courses taught by LTU faculty and earn college credits.

The new agreement adds to LTU’s outreach to pre-college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the STEM subject areas. It will also enhance the curriculum of Brother Rice’s newly formed Science, Spirituality, Technology, Engineering and Math (S2TEM) Academy, which will open officially in the fall of 2016.

The memorandum of understanding was signed Nov. 9 by Brother Rice High School President John Birney and Lawrence Technological University President Virinder Moudgil.

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.

Brother Rice students will also be able to participate in Lawrence Tech’s engineering competition teams as well as have access to LTU campus facilities for robotics, architecture and other related STEM disciplines.

LTU students will provide mentoring support to Brother Rice students enrolled in the program.

“This partnership with Lawrence Technological University will greatly enhance the new Brother Rice S2TEM Academy, which 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,” Birney said. “The ability to take college level courses taught by LTU instructors will not only enhance our students’ learning experience but also provide a more seamless transition to the rigors of higher education.”

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.”

More about Brother Rice at www.brrice.edu. More about LTU at http://www.ltu.edu.

In the photo above, LTU President Virinder Moudgil (second from left) and Brother Rice President John Birney signed a memorandum of understanding on STEM education on Nov. 9. With them are LTU Provost Maria Vaz and Brother Michael Segvich, principal of Brother Rice High School.

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