Through a generous contribution from D. Dan and Betty Kahn of Michigan, ORT will renovate the science building of Rodman High School in Kiryat Yam, Israel, to benefit the 1,000 students of Rodman High School, as well as the surrounding community through a series of educational outreach programs.
As part of a five-year plan, the mayor and local leaders seek to increase the level of education at Rodman High School, as well as the number of students who pass science and technology bagrut exams. Performance on the bagrut exam is a key factor for students seeking higher education and employment in Israel’s high-tech job sector.
Kiryat Yam has the largest concentration of Ethiopian immigrants in Israel and more than 5,000 students from kindergarten through high school, most from traditional Jewish homes. Half of the school’s students are immigrants, most of a low socioeconomic level and for whom the training programs offered at the new technology center will break the cycle of poverty, enabling students to obtain hands experiences and skills needed for future employment.
The science building renovation will provide the school with a well-equipped science center including new state-of-the-art chemistry, physics and biology laboratories with computer stations, wireless internet access, printers, digital microscopes, and laboratory equipment.
Students from Rodman High School will be able to participate in a three-year program with Technion - Institute of Technology in Haifa, during their senior year of high school. Selected students will work in close cooperation with Technion for their final project, giving the students a leg up in employment prospects and open the door for special opportunities when joining the Israel Defense Forces.
Also, the new science center will provide a program for gifted students, as well as enrichment and after school programs for elementary age students. A multi-technology laboratory and associated courses will be offered to junior high school students. Students from Technion will mentor other students in need of additional instruction.