California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) Awards Grants To Build Regional Networks Focused On Improving STEM Education

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New STEM Networks Cover 3 Counties Serving Over 2-Million Students in California

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The work carried out by these two groups will be essential in preparing students to meet our state’s unmet and growing demand for STEM-capable workers and citizens.

The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) announced today the award of two planning grants to help build and expand regional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) networks serving students in Los Angeles, San Diego and Imperial counties.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and UNITE-LA, organizations focused on aligning workforce development with educational reform, are partnering to lead the creation of a STEM regional network in the Los Angeles area that will focus on improving STEM professional development for teachers, creating greater alignment between regional workforce/employer needs and educational opportunities, and encouraging greater diversity within STEM careers.

The San Diego STEM Collaboratory (SDSTEM-C), a partnership of STEM professionals and organizations in K-12 and higher education, informal education and business will focus on building a sustainable regional “collaboratory” to communicate and gather resources with community partners that develop interest in STEM and convey the urgency of STEM college and career readiness in the area. Partners include the San Diego Science Alliance, the San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego State University, Classroom of the Future Foundation, CONNECT, BIOCOM Institute, Imperial County Office of Education, California State University, San Marcos, University of California, San Diego and Grossmont Community College,

“The work carried out by these two groups will be essential in preparing students to meet our state’s unmet and growing demand for STEM-capable workers and citizens,” said Chris Roe, CEO of the California STEM Learning Network. “We look forward to working with them to leverage existing resources in their regions and to identify new partners and solutions.”

The grant dollars for these two regions will be used to develop local approaches to strengthening STEM teaching and learning in response to regional economic and workforce needs. As regional leads, these organizations will convene local K-12, higher education, business and industry partners, policymakers, and informal and community-based organizations to move STEM education into a position of prominence and ensure its students are college and career ready with more students going into STEM majors and careers.

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