Introducing STEM West: Project-Based Learning in Action!

From WPCOG Staff Reports

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The newly established STEM West represents the intersection of two of IEI’s top Emerging Issues Forum priorities: the Community Action Plans (CAP) from the Teachers and the Great Economic Debate Forum of 2014, and the strategies of this year’s Forum on FutureWork. Housed at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and supporting seven school systems, STEM West’s mission is to “advocate and support the alignment of education and occupational objectives through the regional workforce and community partnerships.”

STEM West’s sponsors include Duke Energy, Biogen Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center—and includes the initial seed funding from the Institute for Emerging Issues’ Community Action Planning grants. Community support will be key for this new initiative, and with more than 40 education, business, government, and community partners attending last week’s spring meeting, it is clear STEM West is destined for success.

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