Oak Ridge Schools recently received a $15,000 check to implement a new Naval National Defense Cadet Corp program at Oak Ridge High School.
The check was presented by Jessica Steed, executive director of Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, or ORPSEF, and Kristin Waldschlager and Gene Sievers, both of CNS Y-12.
The check was presented at a December 9 meeting of the Oak Ridge Schools Advisory Board.
Those who attended the meeting heard from three guests. One was retired Navy Captain Gene Sievers of Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12, who spoke about his experience in the Navy and introduced the importance of the school district’s new Naval Sciences curriculum.
“We invited several classes of students to hear Captain Sievers, in hopes of recruiting students to our new Naval National Defense Cadet Corp course,” a press release said.
Also that day, Gordon Williams of Roane State Community College gave an overview of the mechatronics engineering dual enrollment courses the school system offers to Oak Ridge High School students, and Adam White of Secret City Dodge Jeep elaborated on the benefits of training students in high school for careers in automotive maintenance and light repair.
“Consolidated Nuclear Security’s contribution to offset the Navy National Defense Cadet Corp program’s startup costs is an outstanding example of key stakeholders working with school officials to benefit students in Oak Ridge Schools,” Steed said. “This program gives students another opportunity to graduate on a pathway equipped for success.”
Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers said officials are pleased with and thankful for the partnership they have with the Education Foundation and CNS Y-12.
“The CNS Y-12 donation will help the Oak Ridge Schools pay for the startup cost for our new Navy NNDCC program starting next year at ORHS,” Borchers said. “This new program will lead to more of our students attaining the Seventh Key in our Seven Keys to College and Career Reediness. We look forward to working with CNS Y-12 now and in the future as we strive to make this one of the best Navy NNDCC programs in the country.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Holly Cross.
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