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Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543
PHILADELPHIA – Today the Environmental Protection Agency and Lincoln University attended the first class of Lincoln University’s summer environmental science program. This program is part of the partnership between EPA, Lincoln University, and Philadelphia Academies, Inc, a non-profit educational organization.
"The partners want to encourage young people learning biology and chemistry today to become the environmental scientists, biologists and chemists of tomorrow – and some, we hope, will work at EPA. EPA is pleased to support this program with a $50,000 grant," said Donald S. Welsh, mid-Atlantic regional administrator.
The four-week residential program will be attended by high school juniors and seniors interested in environmental science and environmental careers. The program will run from
June 29 until July 26.
This is the first federal environmental education partnership EPA has developed to respond to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This law increases support for educating American youth and expanding higher education opportunities - - particularly for students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds - - and especially those at historically Black colleges and universities.
Lincoln University is a historically Black university that combines a liberal arts education and science-based undergraduate core curriculum, and graduate programs that meet the needs of students living in a highly technological and global society. Lincoln is America's first historically Black higher education institution. In 2004, the university will celebrate its 150th anniversary.
Philadelphia Academies, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing youth's educational and career needs through academic programs that are meaningful and productive. Started in 1969, the Philadelphia Academies, Inc. currently has thirteen career areas designed to meet needs of the city's economy by training a workforce that understands the basics of its major industries. Business and community partners work closely with the Philadelphia Academies to broaden their education beyond the classroom.