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National Education Nonprofit, DoD STEM Launch College Readiness Program

Posted Date: 11/17/2020

National Education Nonprofit, DoD STEM Launch College Readiness Program

National Education Nonprofit, DoD STEM Launch College Readiness Program at Military-Connected EHS, LHS & MHS


Lawton, OK: A two-year College Readiness Program (CRP) from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is launching at three Lawton Public Schools – Eisenhower High, Lawton High and MacArthur High. The schools are military-connected schools near Fort Sill Army post. The U.S. Department of Defense funds the program.

“At Lawton Public Schools, our mission is to prepare Life Ready graduates,” said Kevin Hime, superintendent of Lawton Public Schools. “It is important that we expand our partnerships to give our students the opportunities to explore careers in the STEM field.”

Students with family members serving in the military move an average of six to nine times while they're in elementary and secondary school. NMSI's CRP leverages the College Board's proven Advanced Placement framework, preserving local control and creating consistent learning across all schools. That means students are on pace from their first day in a new school - making all those moves a little easier.

“They will be empowered, supported and provided equitable access to college readiness,” said Reagan Hall-Ousley, director of secondary curriculum. “Regardless of where they are coming from or going to, they can feel better prepared and transition with greater ease.” 

As a nonprofit whose mission is to advance STEM education so all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, can reach their highest potential, NMSI has served more than 250 U.S. schools that have significant enrollment among military-connected students.

NMSI is a member of the Defense STEM Education Consortium, which is committed to helping the department improve access for all students to pursue STEM careers and to consider Defense laboratories as places of employment.

About NMSI: The National Math and Science Initiative is a Dallas-based nonprofit with a presence in 40 states. NMSI has served more than 1,300 U.S. high schools to improve student access and achievement in STEM education through teacher training, collaboration with campus leaders and student-focused resources. Schools that participate in the nonprofit’s College Readiness Program see immediate and dramatic increases in the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams and earning qualified scores. NMSI seeks to give access to high-quality, college-level coursework for all students, particularly those underrepresented in STEM programs, which are often Black, Latino and female students. Learn more at

About DOD STEM: The U.S. Department of Defense STEM program seeks to attract, inspire and develop exceptional STEM talent across the education continuum and advance the current DoD STEM workforce to meet future defense technological challenges. For more information, visit 

“Welcome to the NMSI Family Video” from Dr. Bernard Harris, NMSI CEO and Mr. Louis Lopez, the DoD STEM Director