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Photographed above:  Joanne Vasquez giving the keynote presentation at the STEM Summitt

Working together to improve science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) education for all learners to insure that Northern Wisconsin is an education, technology, and economic leader was the focus of the ‘Northwestern WI Collaborative for STEM’ Summit, held at UW-Stout, on June 24.  This event hosted area business and education leaders, and economic development professionals from throughout northwestern Wisconsin to discuss facilitating a coordinated effort for K-16 students and adult learners in the STEM education. CCEDC staff attended and partook in case study’s regarding successful STEM efforts, and heard a keynote presentation from Joanne Vasquez, Past President of theNational Science Teachers Association, and theNational Science Education Leadership Association, Past Presidential Appointee to theNational Science Board, sharing her experience in putting together a successful STEM program in Arizona.  

  1. According to the United States Department of Commerce, the growth ofSTEM-related jobs over the last 10 years was three times that of non-STEM fields. Offering STEM related education contributes in workforce recruitment and career planning; it also engages students in problem solving.  CCEDC supports student career pathways that connect schools, the community, and business and industry to enhance the local workforce and contributing to the economic growth of Chippewa County.  

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