September 12, 2013
MC2STEM high school moves to CSU
Students from MC2STEM, a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school, moved into new classrooms at Cleveland State University’s campus on August 26, funded by a $1.25 million grant from KeyBank.
MC2STEM emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. It is smaller than a traditional high school and it is also more flexible with the students' schedules, according to Jeff McClellan, principal of the school.
The grant was given by the KeyBank Foundation to support STEM education and to promote higher education.
Cleveland State has provided nine classrooms in Rhodes Tower West, a science lab and a cafeteria for high school juniors and seniors from MC2STEM, said Joe Mosbrook, Cleveland State’s director of strategic communications.
“It will familiarize these high school students with a college campus,” said Mosbrook.
High school students who do not see college in their future have a chance to immerse themselves in a college campus every day, and they can envision themselves going to college, according to Mosbrook.
Some of the students take Cleveland State classes in addition to their high school courses, said McClellan. Cleveland State classes are offered through the Post Secondary Enrollment Option Plan, PSEOP.
Another program MC2STEM offers is called “College Now.” It helps the students get the resources and support they need to apply to college and start taking college classes. “It bridges the transition from high school to college,” said McClellan.
Students also have access to internship programs.
Eighteen-year-old senior Devante Clemmons scored a summer job through Cleveland State, working at University Hospitals.
“Being on a college campus provides school experience, work experience and life experience,” Clemmons said. “It shows what college is going to be like.”
Clemmons is taking engineering and pre-calculus classes at Cleveland State.
MC2STEM students also have access to Cleveland State's library and gym, said Clemmons.
Cleveland State is only helping with the classrooms and other resources. The MC2STEM students are being taught by teachers from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
“It’s their school and our resources,” Mosbrook said.
Juniors and seniors took their classes at Health Careers Center off Payne Avenue before moving to Cleveland State in August.
This was a temporary location as the district was looking for a permanent place to teach the students, according to McClellan.
Freshmen from MC2STEM go to school at Great Lakes Science Center, while the sophomores take their classes at General Electric.
The plan to get these high schoolers onto the Cleveland State campus was in the works for about a year, said Mosbrook.
“It was really a true collaboration between KeyBank, CSU and the CMSD,” Mosbrook said. “KeyBank was more than just a funder.”
With KeyBank's support, the plan to move these students onto campus became a reality.