New CJ STEMM Center Plans Announced

In order to keep pace with today’s advancements in curriculum and technology, Chaminade Julienne announces plans to open its brand new CJ STEMM Center at the start of school next year. The center will enhance the school’s preeminent Project Lead the Way curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences. Because of this investment, students living in the greater Dayton region will now have access to a premier science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) education delivered within a holistic, Catholic educational experience.

This renovation, with an expected budget of nearly $4 million, will transform current classrooms and labs into a state-of-the-art center featuring expanded learning spaces, innovation labs with project areas, teacher prep areas, a fabrication shop, and a distance learning center. The new spaces will be used by all CJ students and will allow teachers and students greater flexibility in meeting learning objectives. Students will experience the same kind of facilities, technology and collaborative methods that they will use in college, preparing them to be successful in their post-secondary programs and leaders in a changing world.

“The CJ STEMM Center matches the vibrancy of our teachers and creativity of our students,” said Dan Meixner, CJ president. “It meets the demands of our current four-year engineering and biomedical programs and will allow teachers to more fully implement today’s styles of teaching, which have evolved from when our buildings were first constructed.”

The renovation represents the first major construction to the school building in nearly 50 years. The school Board of Trustees approved plans to proceed with the project that will rejuvenate much of the second floor after a 2009 facilities audit determined that the existing, well-maintained buildings were strong enough to support a renovation of this magnitude. Once the scope of the work was determined and funds for the project were secured, the Trustees approved moving forward with the construction phase.

“Because we are accomplishing great things for our students, guided by our sponsors and the leadership of a strong board, we are enjoying growing support from the CJ community. Alumni, parents, and friends of the school are excited by CJ’s continued commitment to pursue effective innovation in curriculum and teaching,” Meixner said.

“The investments of nearly 30 individuals are making this center a reality. Though their names remain private at this time, we thank each one for sharing in our vision for excellent education and believing in our mission, which is rooted in the Catholic traditions of the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. This demonstration of their generosity will have a significant impact on students in our school and community, and inspire many generations to come.”

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is jointly owned and sponsored by the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The school serves more than 635 students and families from more than 50 zip codes who seek a Catholic educational experience and excellent academic opportunities. CJ became the first Catholic high school in the nation to be dually certified in biomedical sciences and pre-engineering by Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in June 2011, and continues to be one of just two dually certified PLTW schools in the Miami Valley. For more than 125 years, CJ has been located at 505 S. Ludlow Street, Dayton, OH, three minutes north of the University of Dayton, a fellow Marianist institution.