E.L. Robinson Engineering Funds WVU Classes for Mingo Students

Students at Mingo High School

Thomas Bane and his class of pre-engineering students at Mingo Central Comprehensive School.

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. -- Twelve students in Mingo County will enroll in engineering courses from West Virginia University thanks to the generosity of E.L. Robinson Engineering in Charleston, W.Va.

Students can choose two courses—Digital Electronics and Civil Engineering & Architecture—while getting the benefit of both high school credit and engineering college credit at West Virginia University. Students at Mingo Central Comprehensive High School will have in-class instruction from Thomas Bane, their pre-engineering Project Lead the Way teacher, and then go online with a WVU engineering professor.

“This blended approach to learning allows the students to expand their classroom experience and encourages them to pursue a career in engineering,” said Greg Strimel, Academic Innovation K-12 Program Coordinator at WVU. “This gift from E.L. Robinson Engineering will give students the tools and incentive to be successful in college.”

These classes are part of “Project Lead the Way,” a program that provides science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses in high schools and middle schools. Students will earn college credit through the WVU ACCESS high school program. For more information about the ACCESS program, visit K12.wvu.edu.

The donation funding the students’ tuition was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million fundraising effort being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.