Academy Funding Continues

Students prepare for rocket launch.Students in Tarrant County once again will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about mathematics and engineering thanks to a grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. This is the third year that the Tarrant County College Academy of Mathematics and Engineering, a college preparatory academy, has received funding.

The $50,000 grant will help AME reach underrepresented student populations in mathematics and engineering. The AME’s primary goal is to increase the number of students who are technologically literate and highly trained to enter the local, regional and national workforce. Students also are prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Last summer, 244 middle and high school students from area independent school districts were served in the pre-college program. An additional 630 students participated in the college career program for high school juniors and seniors, and college freshmen and sophomores majoring in mathematics or pre-engineering.

The Sid W. Richardson Foundation initially provided a $100,000 grant in 2008 to support the first two years of AME. Grants are awarded through the Tarrant County College Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization classified under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.