Thursday, November 6, 2014
Rockland, MA – MountainOne Bank has donated $10,000 to Rockland High School to fund the school’s Five Year Math and Science Initiative, according to an announcement by Robert Fraser, MountainOne President and CEO.
Fraser stated, “We are proud to be a founding Corporate Sponsor of Rockland High’s Math and Science lnitiative. This investment in the Rockland community will positively influence the lives of thousands of students, while enhancing the quality and reputation of the Rockland Public Schools.”
Noted Dr. Alan Cron, Rockland High School Principal, “We are deeply appreciative to MountainOne Bank for their generosity in sponsoring our Math and Science Initiative. The benefits of this program will extend far beyond those students who complete the new AP or pre-engineering courses and the ripple effects will extend throughout the community.”
The goal of Rockland High School’s Five Year Math and Science Initiative is to increase student participation in rigorous pre-engineering course work, such as Advanced Placement (AP) Math and Science, as well as English. The program will also expose students to cutting edge technological disciplines, such as Robotics and Applied Physics.
To move the project forward, Rockland High School has added a number of new Science and Technology courses to its curriculum, including AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Biology. They have also recently added new Engineering curriculum called “Engineer Your World.”
With an enrollment of approximately 580 students in grades 9 through 12, Rockland High’s current AP and pre-engineering course enrollment figures indicate as many as 250 students (43%) per year will directly benefit by completing one of more of the project-involved courses. The school’s goal is that all students will have taken at least one project-involved course during their four years.
MountainOne Financial is a mutual holding company headquartered in North Adams, MA. MountainOne Bank is a subsidiary of MountainOne Financial, and includes the following divisions: Coakley, Pierpan, Dolan & Collins Insurance; True North Insurance; and True North Financial (financial professionals offering securities and advisory services through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor). Founded in 1848, MountainOne Bank has assets of over $800 million and provides a broad range of banking services to personal and enterprise customers. MountainOne Bank has full service offices serving the Berkshires and Boston South, with a full service office opening in fall 2014 in Danvers serving Boston North.