New Orleans College Prep Launches 1st Stem Pre-K Program

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans College Prep (NOCP) will offer its first STEM Pre-K program this school year with teachers trained by Dr. Calvin Mackie on different STEM topics. Training increases teacher’s knowledge of STEM topics and integrates STEM into Pre-K lesson plans. The program will be offered in all Pre-K locations including Hoffman College Prep, Crocker College Prep and Sylvanie Williams College Prep. With this training, students and teachers will be able to conduct classroom experiments. Throughout the school year, Dr. Mackie will host two STEM NOLA Nights for students and parents.

         “New Orleans College Prep emphasizes problem-solving, reading exploration and play skills in children’s academics,” said Amanda Aiken, Senior Director of Schools for New Orleans College Prep. “By giving our students STEM exposure at an early age, we are providing our students with more opportunities for academic success.”

         For 16 years, Dr. Mackie has presented to numerous school districts, educators, universities, and corporations across the U.S. He is an award-winning mentor, internationally renowned motivational speaker and a successful entrepreneur. In addition to his work with STEM NOLA, Dr. Mackie is co-founder and Managing Partner for Channel Zero Group, an educational and motivational consulting company. Through his travels and online mentoring presence, Dr. Mackie reaches millions of students and professionals annually.

         New Orleans College Prep (NOCP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that operates a network of public schools serving students in Pre-K through 12th grade in Orleans Parish including Walter L. Cohen College Prep, Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep, Sylvanie Williams College Prep, and John W. Hoffman College Prep. NOCP's mission is to prepare each of their students to enter and excel in a rigorous four­year college or university. NOCP schools are open enrollment, tuition free, and committed to preparing our students for college and for life beyond through a strong academic program as well as extra­curricular programming focused on the arts, technology and athletics.

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