The STEM Impact Initiative Study from 2014 gave 4 specific recommendations for the Great Lakes Bay Region to build a STEM Talent Pipeline.

  • Driven by Employer Demand
  • Powered by Career-Ready and College-Ready Students
  • Focused on Strengthening Technical Skills Needed for the Economy
  • Sustained by a Culture of STEM

As such, in 2015 STEM Networks were established across the Great Lakes Bay Region to focus on these 4 recommendations.


Delta Community College


Mid-Michigan Community College


Delta College and Mid-Michigan Community College has combined networks to from one network focused on the following recommendations: Strengthening Technical Skills Needed for the Economy and Driven By Employer Demand.

The Employer Talent Pipeline will work across industry and education sector lines to:

  • Create and implement a model for employer-driven experiential learning opportunities.
  • Identify prioritize the occupations for which skill requirements should be defined,
  • Identify, organize, and improve the many ways in which employers are currently communicating skills and competencies needed to the skill providers.
  • Assist and support employers so that they can provide through-leadership on demand forecasting and skills and competencies needed to the skill provider.
  • Implement useful tools for multi-dimensional communication to create greater clarity for employer , prospective employees, parents, and students.

Check out the GLBRA Employer Resource Proposal Summary!

Delta College and Mid-Michigan College Employer Toolkit! Connecting businesses with students in the GLBR!

Work-based learning benefits students, businesses, and the community. Any, business- no matter how large or small- can benefit from engaging students in these types of learning opportunities. Work-based learning comes in a variety of forms and can be short long-term in nature. Work-based learning engages students and build the workforce of tomorrow by:

  • Providing students “real life” hands-on learning opportunities in the field
  • Creating positive public relations and increasing awareness about local opportunities
  • And, Helping build a “talent pipeline”

For more detailed information on the Employer Toolkit click here!


Strengthening Technical Skills in the Great Lakes Bay Region!

The STEM Talent Institute Study provided key recommendations to strengthen technical skills needed for the economy. The recommendations included engaging educators to evaluate the structure of curricula/programs, identify gaps and refine curricula.

DACUM is an acronym for Developing a Curriculum. DACUM is an innovative approach to occupational analysis. It is also very effective for conducting process, functional and conceptual analyses.

Certified DACUM facilitators worked in conjunction with industry experts to perform welding and nursing analyses. These reports were sponsored by the STEM Talent Institute at Delta College and produced for the Great Lakes Bay Region workforce.

DACUM is built on three concepts.

  1. Expert workers can describe and define their job/occupation more accurately than anyone else.
  2. An effective way to define a job/occupation is to precisely describe the tasks that expert workers perform.
  3. All tasks, when performed correctly, demand the use of certain knowledge and skills; tools, equipment, supplies and materials; and positive worker behaviors.

The result is an occupational profile which serves as a solid base upon which new competency-based education or training programs can be developed or existing programs updated. Should you want more information on DACUM, please contact Jennifer Carroll, Director of Corporate Services at

Click here for the Study!


Saginaw Valley State University


Central Michigan University


Focused on the following two recommendations: Career-Ready and College-Ready Students and Sustained by a Culture of STEM.

The STEM Networks facilitated by Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University proposes the funding of sites in the Great Lakes Bay Region to improve middle school math achievement!

The proposal included three options:

  • Option A: Two nationally recognized, evidence-based middle school math programs for the schools to choose from.
    • ST MATH (Mind Research Insitute)
    • I Can Learn® Educate System
  • Option B: Two nationally recognized teacher development program shown to improve middle school math achievement.
    • Virginia Mathematics Specialist Program
    • Professional Learning Community
  • Option C: The school, school district, or non-school based organization submits a grans request to the STEM Network for a creative program that has proven results for increasing middle school math achievement.
    • These programs can partnership with businesses, youth programs, internet-based programs, community based organizations, public libraries, and parent programs.

Click here to view the proposal!