Three Jefferson County school corporations have been awarded $35,405 in grant money from Jefferson County Economic Opportunities through Education (EcO15), the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County and Economic Development Partners.

The grant was created to enhance educational programming and create new learning opportunities for students.

"Our schools are doing exceptional work preparing students for successful careers as adults," said Kathy Huffman, Jefferson County's EcO15 coordinator. "The partnerships we've developed between employers and educators through the last five years really support the efforts of our educators as they add and enhance programs that give students the technical skills employers' value in their future workforce."

Madison Consolidated High School received $24,164 in funding, Southwestern High School received $7,221 and Prince of Peace Catholic Schools was awarded $4,020.

Madison Consolidated High School's award will help with the expansion costs for the school to implement a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical science program for the start of next school year. The grant will be used to purchase equipment.

"Madison schools will use a similar model for the progression of the PLTW biomedical sciences program as was used to implement our PLTW pre-engineering classes. Our goal is to ultimately expand into the entire program," MCS Superintendent Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger said. "We want to give students an opportunity to experience the medical field and create a pathway to secondary learning and/or the workforce."

Southwestern High School is also using grant money to advance its PLTW program.

David Bramer, the school's PTLW engineering teacher said the funding will go toward new equipment for the program.

"The equipment will include a Jet Stream 500 Wind Tunnel which will be used in the aerospace engineering class for lessons on the physics of flight and also in our physics I class when investigating air resistance in the unit on Newton's laws of motion," Bramer said.

Prince of Peace is using the grant to expand educator training this summer at the Project Based Learning Academy.

"We believe project-based learning is important because it enhances critical thinking skills and problem solving skills in students," Shawe Principal Steve Hesse said. "This grant will enhance our entire student body because the teachers who attend the PBL Academy will be spread out across the curriculum and grade levels."

Prince of Peace will send six teachers through training at the Project Based Learning Academy.