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The John Carroll School and Battelle Sign Agreement in Support of STEM Academy

December 2012

Bel Air, MD 21014  — Join Richard J. O’Hara, President of The John Carroll School and Dean Ertwine, Vice President for Battelle sign a Memorandum of Understanding in support of The John Carroll School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy.

The John Carroll School and Battelle will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to excite and prepare John Carroll students for future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The workforce needs of Harford County and the State of Maryland over the foreseeable future will demand highly skilled employees who are problem-solvers, innovators, and inventors. Additionally, they will require employees who are independent and can present work logically and persuasively.

The John Carroll School STEM Academy was launched in September 2012. This innovative program promises to provide John Carroll students with the skills and knowledge to enter the best STEM colleges and universities in the country. With standard, honors, and Advanced Placement curricular offerings focused on these four key subjects, students will learn a variety of “real world” applications that will prepare them for college majors, as well as expose them to STEM careers. Students who participate in the Academy will be eligible to receive a “Diploma with Distinction” in STEM. Engineering, computer-aided design, architecture, and robotics are just some of the courses offered, and an entire course of study has been mapped out to provide a program of excellence.

Battelle will support the John Carroll STEM Academy by offering students internships, job shadowing experiences, and student research support in their Junior and Senior years.  Additionally, John Carroll faculty and professionals from Battelle will work together to develop curriculum enhancements for classroom teaching. 

The John Carroll School has a strong reputation for preparing bright and motivated students for the top math and science university programs in the country while grounding students in the liberal arts. Each year, 99 percent of John Carroll graduates go on to college or university and receive record amounts of scholarship assistance. Once they have completed their education, more than 55 percent of our alumni return to the Harford County region to live and work.

Harford County and John Carroll are fortunate to have Battelle actively involved in the community. “As the largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs.” This mission aligns with John Carroll’s goal to shape our students to embrace opportunities and excel as responsible citizens in a global society. 

About The John Carroll School:

The John Carroll School is a Catholic, independent, 9–12 secondary school in Bel Air, MD serving 700 young men and women. The John Carroll School provides a Catholic foundation of values, challenging academics, and real-life experiences, so that our students embrace opportunities and excel as responsible participants in a global society. For more information about The John Carroll School, please visit or call Kurt S. Sudbrink at (443) 371-8059 (email: 

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Kurt S. Sudbrink at (443) 371-8059 (email: