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STEM and the IA Work Force

Scale Up Projects for NW Iowa STEM, Fall 2012
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K Webb

on 10 October 2013

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Transcript of STEM and the IA Work Force

Contact:
kwebb@iowalakes.edu for NW Iowa
Iowa STEM Scale-Up:
proven, sustainable, highly engaging
STEM programs
rapidly infused across the state.
Does STEM matter to Iowa?
Iowa's Response?
The Governor's STEM Initiative
What is next for
IA STEM
?

Establish
STEM Professional Development
to provide vision and leadership

Improve
STEM teacher
training,
licensure, and retention.

Build a web portal to house a
best-practices
clearinghouse.

Establish regional
STEM-focused schools
.

Increase
public awareness
of the importance of STEM.
Incentivize
Iowa businesses
to commit workforce, facilities and other resources to STEM education.
Scale-Up STEM 2012
=900 educators
(formal and non-formal)
=impact:
38,000
students
According to ACT, only
52%
of Iowa's 2011 graduating seniors tested "college ready" for math....and only
40%
are college ready in science!
From 1992-2011 Iowa was
last in the nation
for growth in achievement in math, reading and science, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Only
12%
of Iowans graduate with advanced degrees in STEM fields--yet almost all STEM jobs require some post-secondary training.
Iowa's STEM Challenge
IOWA'S STEM INITIATIVE =
PARTNERSHIP
!
...only 26% of Iowans recognize the STEM acronym...we have work to do!
moving beyond check-writing philanthropy to build
powerful partnerships
Iowa STEM Success
Non-Formal Educators
4-H
Girl Scouts
After-school programs
coaches and communities
formal educators:
K-12
Community College
4 Year Programs
Business Partnerships
classroom experiences
Student Internships
Teacher Externships
Mentoring
Curriculum Building
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