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Oregon Education Investment Board Designates the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership as One of Six STEM Hubs in Oregon

Original OIT news release here.
stemOregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) and the Oregon Department of Education have awarded grants totaling $2.8 million dollars to six regional STEM Hubs representing 21 counties in Oregon

The Oregon Education Investment Board announced that the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership will be one of its six regional STEM Hubs in the state of Oregon, funded under the Governor’s strategic investment program to emphasize STEM opportunities for students and connecting to high-demand careers. The Partnership formed to catalyze Oregon students to achieve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degrees and certificates, and reach Oregon’s education goals by increasing the access, excitement, and engagement of students in STEM courses and experiential learning.

According to Oregon Tech President Chris Maples, “Oregon Tech is elated to be the convener of such a great group of partners, who are all dedicated to helping students pursue their passions about science and technology degrees and careers. Our Wilsonville campus is an ideal hub location to expand education, business and community partnerships to serve more students in our South Metro community.”

The STEM Hub designation is accompanied by a $600,000 grant to implement the Partnerships three key strategies:

  1. Creating a STEM Learning Community of teachers and community partners to share effective instructional practices and integrate science and engineering work samples into common core standards, with contextualized, experience-based teaching and learning methods.
  2. Building a “STEM NETwork” of mentors, programs and events that inspire students and sponsors to highlight the value of STEM activities to the classroom, and utilize the region’s rich industry and community resources.
  3. Expand accelerated credit collaborations between schools, colleges and universities to raise student achievement through dual credits, advanced placement, and incentives to attract students into STEM degree paths.

Co-chairman Craig Hudson from Garmin AT in Salem expressed, “Our STEM partnership includes 126,000 students and this funding will allow us to connect more teachers and students with STEM curriculum. STEM has so many career possibilities and our focus on dual credit will give students a head start on their college program.”

The South Metro-Salem STEM Hub partnership was started in 2012 as a collaborative to raise achievement for students in science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM Hub includes 15 regional school districts, Oregon Tech, WOU, Pacific University, Chemeketa, Clackamas and Portland Community Colleges, 11 core business partners and 9 community-based organizations in the South Metro Region. The partners include businesses: Autodesk, Eaton, First Tech Credit Union, FLIR Systems, Garmin AT, Intel, Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, Mentor Graphics, PGE Foundation, Xerox; community partners: Business Education Compact, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, Mad Science of Portland and Vancouver, MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement), Oregon ASK, Oregon FIRST, Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium, Project Lead The Way, Salem Keizer Education Foundation, Saturday Academy; school districts: Amity, Canby, Dallas, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Oregon City McMinnville, Molalla River, Newberg, North Clackamas, Salem-Keizer, Silver Falls, Tigard-Tualatin, West Linn-Wilsonville, Woodburn School Districts and Clackamas CTE Consortium; Chemeketa, Clackamas Community Colleges, Pacific University and Western Oregon University.

To read the Oregon Education Investment Board announcement about all the STEM Hubs, please see: Chief Education Officer Announces Regional STEM Hub Grantees.

For more information about the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership, visit www.oit.edu/stem.

About the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
The SMS STEM Partnership is a collaborative of community leaders, representing 15 school districts, 6 higher education institutions, 11 industry partners and 9 community organizations, with the vision to catalyze Oregon students to achieve STEM degrees and certificates, and reach Oregon’s education goals by increasing the access, excitement and engagement of students in STEM courses and experiential learning. For more information, contact Lita Colligan at lita.colligan@oit.edu or www.oit.edu/stem.

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