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JR610:Mass Insight Education receives $1million grant

By Shazia Yousuf
On March 1, 2012
As a help to the expansion of its MMSI (Mass Math+Science Initiative) program, Mass Insight Education (MIE) today received $1million funding from Thermo Fisher Scientific- a global healthcare equipment company.

The announcement was made by the company president and CEO, Marc N. Casper at the release of program's independent evaluation in statehouse.

"The report speaks for the work the organization has been doing to make education accessible to the students who do not otherwise have access to it," said the CEO. He said the investments of this kind are important to make into the programs that are helping students with skill building.

MMSI was started as a public/private partnership in 2008 to increase the college opportunities by expanding AP (Advanced Placement) participation. The program was started with a five-year grant from the National Math and Science initiative that will end in 2013.

The idea was to make education accessible to the African American and Hispanic students by removing restriction to the AP enrolment such as High grades in previous courses. The program currently runs in 53 schools across the state and catering to more than 6,500 African-American and Hispanic students.

"We call it a game is about giving opportunities to the kids who traditionally would not have access to it," said William Guenter, president Mass Insight Education.

The evaluation was carried out to measure the progress and advocate further expansion of the program. The organization also pitched for the $3.2million grant from public funding that will allow it to expand its reach to 12 more schools in the state.

"Game changer needs both public and private funding," the president added while stressing on the importance of the expansion of program

The report that was prepared by Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning (INSTLL, LCC) shows a dramatic increase in the African American and Hispanic student's participation in the AP courses. The report also shows that MMSI schools are significantly improving AP participation rates than non-MMSI schools,

"There is usually some ambiguity but in this case we had no ambiguity at all," said Brett Lane, president and founding member INSTLL, LLC while briefing audience about the report.

Representative John Keenan, Massachusetts House of Representatives and Marcie. St. Fleur, Former Massachusetts State Representative and MMSI Executive Board Member also participated in the hearing,

"How many of the organizations do bring such evidence. I am here to advocate because I see the result. It is something that shows. It is transferring lives," said Fluer.


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