Sen. Yaw to Join Williamsport Area SD, NMSI Officials for Grant Announcement

WILLIAMSPORT – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) will join Williamsport Area School District students, teachers and administration for an announcement on their participation in a $1.2M grant funded by the state to implement the National Math and Science’s College Readiness Program.  Facilitated by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), the program will ensure more students have access to the challenging classes that will prepare them for future success.

A formal announcement will take place on Thursday, October 11th, 9AM, in the High School ‘Commons Area’, 2990 West 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.  Media are invited to attend.

The funding will support the NMSI College Readiness Program, a three-year initiative that helps both teachers and students. Further, “the three-year program dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) math, science and English exams and has a proven track record of improving results for traditionally underserved and female students.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the students and teachers at Williamsport,” Senator Yaw said.  “While this investment will certainly provide another level of pre-college support, it can be a game-changer for our region economically by enhancing the skills of our future workforce.”

“This grant opportunity provides access and opportunity to achieve Advanced Placement curriculum for all high school students, said Dr. Timothy Bowers, Superintendent for the Williamsport Area School District.  “The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) takes the approach that by removing barriers and providing teacher and student resources will level the playing field for all students to achieve and be college and career ready.  The district is significantly grateful to Senator Yaw’s office and NMSI for providing the opportunity for this type of funding that only could be realized through the grant.”

“NMSI is grateful to Senator Yaw and the entire state of Pennsylvania for providing additional support to increase access to quality STEM education, which we believe is the key to unlocking students’ potential,” said Jackie Castma, NMSI’s Vice President of Program Management, Delivery & Operations. “We couldn’t be more excited to empower the work that Williamsport High School leaders, teachers and students are taking on to lay the foundation for the next generation of problem-solvers and STEM experts.”


Rita Zielonis (Yaw)

Greg Hayes (WASD)
570.327.5500 ext. 40602