IL unveils free STEM program for students from underrepresented communities

IL unveils free STEM program for students from underrepresented communities
Left to Right: Eli Kennedy with SMASH, Dr. Eric Whitaker with CPASS Foundation, Freada Kapor Klein with SMASH/Kapor Capital, Mitch Kapor with Kapor Capital, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, Meera Komarrauju with SIU Carbondale, Senator Kimberly Lightford, Ashleigh Richelle with SMASH, Peter Kilpatrick with Illinois Tech, Stephen Martin with CPASS Foundation. (Source: Beth Rooney)

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton unveiled a new state-wide STEM program in Chicago geared towards students from underrepresented communities.

The program is called SMASH Illinois. It’s goal is to provide education, resources and access to careers in technology to become future innovators and community leaders.

The program is free to high school students from underrepresented communities interested in STEM careers.

The deadline for SMASH Illinois applications is March 1. You can click here for eligibility requirements.

SMASH Illinois will launch this summer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech).

The intensive STEM program will run from July 6 to August 10.

SIU Carbondale, Illinois Tech and Creating Pathways and Access for Student Success (CPASS) Foundation are partners in the initiative.

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