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Okaloosa County Schools Superintendent, Eglin and Hurlburt Field leaders launch $900,000 National STEM Program at Three High Schools

Leaders from Okaloosa County School District, Eglin and Hurlburt Field will announce a new partnership with an evidence-based, rigorous national STEM program at three high schools: Choctawhatchee, Crestview and Fort Walton Beach. This is thanks to more than $900,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. The launch event at an Okaloosa County School District board meeting, whichincludes military families and students, is for a two-year College Readiness Program from the National Math and Science Initiative that’s being implemented at the three high schools. As a nonprofit whose mission is to advance STEM education so all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, can reach their highest potential, NMSI has served more than 250 U.S. schools that have significant enrollment among military-connected

Superintendent Marcus Chambers, Okaloosa County School District
Col. Bryan Hogan, Deputy Commander, 96 Mission Support Group, Eglin Air Force Base
Col. William H. Hunter, Commander, 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group, Hurlburt Field
Ed Veiga, Senior Director, DoD & Military Families Mission, National Math and Science Initiative

Stephanie Thetford, Secondary Math Specialist, Okaloosa County School District,
850-833-6313, thetfords@okaloosaschools.com
Angela Chambers, National Math and Science Initiative, 214-525-3046, achambers@nms.org, cell: