WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $999,524 grant to the New London Local School District to expand Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) resource access to students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade in four Ohio counties. The New London School District will also provide additional STEM resources for students at the Lorain County Community College.

“With our global competitors investing in STEM, we must ensure that American students have the resources they need to remain competitive,” said Brown. “This funding will allow the New London School District to give more students the chance to seek a high-quality education that will allow them to pursue new science and technology jobs.”

USDA’s Rural Development program provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas by supporting infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He also introduced the Investing in Renovation of Education Spaces (INSPIRES) Act  – legislation to provide school districts, community colleges, and other education institutions funding for modernizing, renovating, or repairing STEM and career and technical education (CTE) facilities.