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Nurturing Brighter Futures

From pre-school to higher education, AEP and the AEP Foundation helped students fulfill their potential for brighter futures.

Christopher Gardner and Youmna Yasser are just two examples of students who achieved their educational goals thanks to the AEP Foundation’s Credits CountSM program. Gardner graduated in 2018, from both Northwood High School and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) in Louisiana. He earned 42 BPCC college credits—all of which transferred to Louisiana Tech University where he enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program. “The AEP Credits Count Program helped accelerate my education and gave me a huge advantage that I am thankful for now more than ever,” said Gardner.

Youmna Yasser graduated from Whetstone High School (Columbus, OH) in 2018, with 21 college credits from Columbus State Community College. She attended Columbus State and plans to study Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University. Yasser said, “Credits Count gave me confidence to take college classes.”

Credits Count, in conjunction with local community colleges across our service territory, helps students fill in learning gaps, so they are prepared to study college-level courses while still in high school.

Since 2014, Credits Count has reached more than 56,000 students through college readiness testing, middle school STEM exploration opportunities, summer and in-school support to enhance science, math and language proficiency, tuition, scholarships, as well as college credits.

Before the school year began, AEP employees in Texas, Louisiana and Ohio, were among many others who helped gather and donate school supplies to local area students.

In Corpus Christi, TX, members of the Home Office Energy Efficiency & Consumer Programs collaborated with the United Way of the Coastal Bend to support “Operation S.O.S.: Supply Our Students,” a community-wide school supply drive. They loaded delivery trucks with supplies for more than 11,000 students served by 30 school districts in 11 counties.

Falcon’s Nest Closet of Hope at Northwood High School received assistance from SWEPCO Shreveport employees who stocked its shelves with school clothing, non-perishable food and more. The donated items provided students with the tools and supplies necessary for a successful academic year and a positive experience.

In Ohio, Columbus police officer Pete Casuccio and Rob Cason, a barber and former felon forged an unlikely friendship to help inner-city youth start the school year right. Cops and Barbers fostered positive police interaction among students who received fresh haircuts and a backpack filled with new school supplies. In its second year, with the support of AEP Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Program, the two-day event put more than 900 children on the path to a brighter future.

United Way of the Coastal Bend received help from AEP Texas employees in Corpus Christi for Operation S.O.S.: Supply Our Students, a community-wide school supply drive.
Thaddeus Jones participated in the AEP Foundation’s Credits CountSM STEM education program. He is studying plastics engineering at Shawnee State University.
Read to Me Day is a favorite activity for employees at Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the school students they visit.
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