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Battelle Donates $1.2 Million to Tri-Cities STEM School

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RICHLAND, Wash-- Battelle leaders announce they'll invest more than a million dollars to help open the planned Stem high school in Richland. Battelle's CEO believes improving education is one of the companies founding purposes. 

This stem school has been in the works for a few years, but the partners needed to raise enough money to open it. Stem education is designed to prepare high school students for science, technology, and engineering careers. 

The $1.2 million will provide all the money left needed to open the school at the old CBC campus in Richland. Collaborators along with Battelle in the Stem school include all three Tri-Cities school districts, CBC, WSU Tri-Cities, and our state government.

"Science and technology is not just for gifted kids who are interested in science and technology. It's for everyone and needs to reach everyone and in many ways the school design is to reach those types of kids that are reflective of the demographics in this community," said Rich Rosen, Corporate Vice President in Philanthropy.

The Tri-Cities Stem high school will eventually serve 400 students, 100 per grade, in 9th through 12th. 

About $4.8 million will follow students from their home school districts. This is the third stem school Battelle has helped open in the U.S.