A critical shortage of math and science teachers is being addressed by a nearly $2.5-million grant at Western Kentucky University.
On Nov. 16., Western was named one of only 12 schools nationwide to receive a grant from the National Math and Science Initiative.
The program called "SkyTeach" is modeled after a highly successful math and science teacher preparation program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Western was the only school in Kentucky or this region to be selected.
"Western Kentucky University applied for the grant and they were so outstanding and they had such a great platform of teaching expertise already that this is just going to add on to that teaching expertise," said Sara Tays, ExxonMobil Southwest Govt. Relations Manager.
ExxonMobil contributed an initial $125-million to the effort.
Ten school districts in the area will partner with WKU in this effort to target the best students in Kentucky as future math and science teachers.
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