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National Math and Science Initiative Receives $100,000 Grant from TC Energy to Train Virginia Teachers


DALLAS AND NORFOLK, VA. — The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is pleased to announce the generous support of  TC Energy through a $100,000 grant to bolster the training of Virginia teachers. This funding will be dedicated to implementing the renowned  Laying the Foundation training program for 6th- to 12th-grade teachers in the Newport News and Hampton Roads areas while playing a crucial role in STEM teacher recruitment efforts. The initiative aligns with NMSI’s ongoing work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and districts statewide, amplifying the collective impact in advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

NMSI’s Laying the Foundation program is widely recognized for its comprehensive and effective approach to equipping teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to foster student success in math and science. By expanding the program’s reach, the TC Energy grant will directly benefit approximately 250 teachers across Virginia. Newport News and Hampton Roads areas were specifically identified due to their strategic importance in cultivating a new generation of STEM educators as part of TC Energy Foundation’s Build Strong program. Build Strong creates long-lasting relationships in TC Energy’s communities to help us all build a stronger future. The three-day event takes place at Norfolk State University (NSU).

“We are incredibly grateful to TC Energy for their generous grant, which will significantly enhance the quality of STEM education in Virginia,” said Michelle Stie, Vice President of Teaching and Learning at NMSI. “This partnership will allow us to extend our proven Laying the Foundation training program across the Commonwealth, thereby increasing our capacity to prepare Virginia’s educators for the critical task of equipping students with the skills necessary for success in STEM fields.”

“This investment in STEM education aligns with TC Energy’s commitment to building more vibrant, thriving communities,” said Trevence Mitchell, Manager of Social Impact at TC Energy. “Teachers will be able to use what they learn in this program to ensure students from all backgrounds can develop an interest in STEM, hone their skills, and eventually be competitive in entering the workforce and earning a livable wage.”

TC Energy is also sponsoring a panel focused on the retention of Black teachers, bringing in nationally recognized thought-leaders in the field to address educators, superintendents, and policy makers including faculty and future teachers in  NSU’s Spartans Teach Program. Laying the Foundation empowers teachers with research-based instructional strategies, hands-on training, and ongoing support. 

The collaboration between NMSI, TC Energy, Norfolk State University, and districts statewide underscores the commitment to transforming education and driving positive change in Virginia’s educational landscape. Together, these initiatives will cultivate a robust network of highly trained teachers equipped to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

NMSI’s Laying the Foundation program aims to deepen student understanding and achievement in mathematics and science. NMSI and TC Energy will contribute to the overall improvement of STEM education in Virginia, fostering a pipeline of highly skilled and motivated students ready to tackle the challenges of the future.

For more information on how to support STEM teachers in your community, contact NMSI or visit  https://www.nms.org/.

About the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in the United States. NMSI provides comprehensive training programs and support to teachers, particularly those in underserved communities, to enhance their instructional skills and increase student achievement. Through partnerships with schools, districts, and organizations, NMSI is driving systemic change and preparing students for success in college and the workforce. For more information, visit  http://www.nms.org.

About TC Energy
We’re a team of 7,000+ energy problem solvers working to move, generate and store the energy North America relies on. Today, we’re taking action to make that energy more sustainable and more secure. We’re innovating and modernizing to reduce emissions from our business. And, we’re delivering new energy solutions – from natural gas and renewables to carbon capture and hydrogen – to help other businesses and industries decarbonize too. Along the way, we invest in communities and partner with our neighbours, customers and governments to build the energy system of the future.

TC Energy’s common shares trade on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. To learn more, visit us at  TCEnergy.com.

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