Industry Infiltrating Education K-12

The Science Coordinator at the WV Department of Education is pushing this–

Dominion is currently accepting on-line grant applications to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and/or science education in Kindergarten through grade 12 through the study of the environment or energy.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,600 megawatts of generation, 10,900 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines.

Approximately $325,000 in K-12 educational grants will be awarded throughout an eight-state region.

Focus Areas: The educational grants align closely with company priorities, specifically:
• Environmental Education: projects to develop math and/or science skills through the study of the environment.
• Energy Education: projects designed to increase students’ awareness of energy efficiency and conservation, energy sources or other energy-related topics.

Accredited public and private elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, state agencies and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in targeted geographic areas (listed below) are eligible to apply. Visit the website for complete details, sample proposals, budget restrictions and evaluation tips and to access the on-line application.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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