Mount Pleasant firm Addresses Skills Gap: STEM Premier Partners with SC Manufacturers Alliance to Launch SC Future Makers

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In response to South Carolina's rapidly-growing industry, STEM Premier and the SC Manufacturer's Alliance join forces to launch SC Future Makers, a public-private initiative designed to connect students with opportunities in advanced manufacturing, technology and more. STEM Premier is a platform where students build virtual portfolios displaying their academic and technical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills, see how they stack up against other students and connect directly with colleges, companies, and organizations.

SC Future Makers is designed to answer manufacturing's talent pipeline challenges.

"If we can break down geographic boundaries and provide young people with the ability to showcase themselves and connect with opportunities earlier in their areas and beyond - it can be a real game-changer."

In its latest efforts to address the growing national skills gap, Mount Pleasant-based STEM Premier has partnered with the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance to power SC Future Makers. This initiative is designed to increase the skilled workforce pipeline entering advanced manufacturing and technical-related careers.

“Through partnerships with multiple school districts, the SC Future Makers initiative is reaching young persons, parents, and educators to inform those audiences of the opportunities, rewarding careers, and proper education pathways to earn skills necessary for a technical career,” said James Richter of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.

This public-private effort was created in response to the growing workforce challenges facing manufacturers and related fields in recruiting associates skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math.

"Technology is the great equalizer," says STEM Premier co-founder and former superintendent Dr. Donald Tylinski. "If we can break down geographic boundaries and provide young people with the ability to showcase themselves and connect with opportunities earlier in their areas and beyond - it can be a real game-changer."

While this is the first announced state-specific partnership, the STEM Premier platform already boasts over 120,000 students from 12,500 schools in all 50 states, as well as partnerships with national powerhouses such as the ACT testing company.

“STEM Premier is creating a world of possibility by being at the crossroads where students, colleges and corporations meet,” said Mount Pleasant, SC Mayor Linda Page. “There’s a real need locally and nationally to connect the dots between industry and talent, so it’s no surprise to see this innovative company taking off.”

The STEM Premier platform is a constantly evolving online ecosystem assisting all levels of STEM talent in identifying career pathways, educators in recruiting top talent, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. Students, age 13 or older, can create a free profile on STEM Premier’s website highlighting prospective colleges and careers, course transcripts, test scores, resumes and letters of reference, work samples, videos and more.

ABOUT STEM Premier
Founded in 2013 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, STEM Premier is an online solution that assists academic and technical STEM students (age 13+) in identifying and designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. For more information, go to http://www.stempremier.com

Contact: Shea Tighe, National Director of Engagement
stighe(at)stempremier(dot)com | 855.765.7836 x705

ABOUT the Town of Mount Pleasant, Office of Business Development
The mission of the Town of Mount Pleasant Office of Business Development is to advance the Town’s quality of life by fostering an economic environment that is vibrant, favorable to job creation, and promotes the general prosperity of the community.

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