Port Jefferson Station partnership ups student possibilities

November 20, 2013 by  

Port Jefferson Station students will be able to attend classes at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, as well as Stony Brook University, thanks to a partnership sealed this month.

Due to a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) initiative, high school students will be able to take advanced classes at the two facilities. The initiative is the result of a deal between the Mount Sinai Union Free School District and the Port Jefferson School District.

The Port Jefferson district said New York State Senator Kenneth LaValle was instrumental in getting additional funds, separate from funding that comes from the state, and the monies thus raised will pay for students to attend classes at the university or the laboratory. LaValle noted that it is becoming increasingly difficult for parents to afford a quality education for their children, and that the school districts working together will be able to expand programs and save money as well.

Kenneth R. Bossert, Superintendent of Schools for Port Jefferson, said the program aims to help students gain experience beyond what high schools can offer. Its all-inclusive nature means that laboratory personnel, professors from the university, and district faculty members will handle enrollment and transportation, and plan the study modules.

The plan is to offer modules lasting around a month taught by the university’s professors, although there is no word yet on when the program will begin or how students will be chosen to take part.

The district could consider working with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for district parents and students.