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Training Fund and Roxborough STE(A)M Scholars open HHS-funded RoxCITe Center

Training Fund, Drexel ExCITe Center and Academies at Roxborough
reveal new collaborative maker-space designed to promote STE(A)M Learning 

Philadelphia, PA - June 2nd, 2016 - text by Brownstone PR: Roxborough High School's STE(A)M Scholars recently revealed Rox-CITe, a creative maker-space designed to promote high school student collaboration and innovation  focused on STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning.  Rox-CITe is an integral part of a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) and was created and supported through the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, with a number of collaborative partners, including Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Drexel University and the Community College of Philadelphia.  

“We are pleased to help strengthen access to science, technology, engineering, art and math learning opportunities for high school students at the Academies at Roxborough High School through the Rox-CITe initiative,” said Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health. “This innovative and collaborative program will provide students with a stronger foundation for careers in healthcare, which we encourage and welcome.”

In August, 2015, the Training Fund received a grant from OMH to provide 70 student STE(A)M Scholars with five years of enriched academic programming, career exposure, and supportive services and coaching to prepare them for success in post-secondary healthcare pathways.  

Rox-CiTe will serve as the physical hub for the STE(A)M Scholars Program.  Based on the Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center model pioneered at Drexel University.  Rox-CITe was designed by Roxborough students and Drexel University graduate students as a way to encourage hands-on activity and experimentation in preparation for future healthcare careers.  

“Rox-CITe will provide the much needed space for interdisciplinary projects, host events and workshops and nurture student interest in the vast health sciences industry in the region,” said Dana Jenkins, principal of the Academies at Roxborough High School.  “This is such an exciting venue for us to engage our students in critical thinking and problem-solving that is needed for today’s and even tomorrow’s challenges.”

Collaborating STE(A)M Scholars Program organizations include District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund, the Independence Blue Cross Simulation Center at Drexel University College of Medicine, Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, Drexel University’s Center for Labor Market Policy, Philadelphia Academies Inc., The School District of Philadelphia, Temple University, and US2020 STEM Mentors

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