STEM Impact Initiative Network Update

Network: Delta College

Content Focus: Strengthening Technical Skills Needed for the Economy; Driven by Employer Demand

Leader: Scott Schultz

Summary: The Delta Network identified confusion within the region regarding job expectations for STEM occupations, due in part to a lack of a common language used across industries and between industry and education. The Network has addressed the needs of employers, promoting the use of common language that allows K-12 and higher education systems to better prepare students for the workforce. The Network gathered information from more than 200 registered nurses around the region in a validation study that led to a developing curriculum, otherwise known as a DACUM. The process included a nursing employer/educator summit at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw. The results of the process include a summary report with recommendations for regional progress. A DACUM focused on welding is now in progress.

——————————————————————————

Network: Mid Michigan Community College

Content Focus: Strengthening Technical Skills Needed for the Economy; Driven by Employer Demand

Leader: Scott Govitz

Summary: The Mid Michigan Network created a Work-Based Learning Toolkit to help employers, educators, parents, and advisors navigate the many ways to be engaged in experiential learning opportunities. The options for the toolkit vary from job shadowing to co-op employment and internships. The toolkit is available online at www.midmich.edu and will be distributed throughout the region with the opening of a new Resource Center. The Network’s next focus is on creation of a program framework, beginning with a careful review of some existing models.

———————————————————————-

Network: Central Michigan University

Content Focus: Powered by Career-Ready and College-Ready Students; Sustained by a Culture of STEM

Leader: Julie Cunningham

Summary: The CMU Network has been gathering data from regional educators to develop programs to increase interest in science. Additionally, the Network joined forces with the Saginaw Valley State University Network to plan and launch the Middle School Math Project.

——————————————————————————

Network: Saginaw Valley State University

Content Focus: Powered by Career-Ready and College-Ready Students; Sustained by a Culture of STEM

Leader: Andrew Chubb

Summary: The SVSU Network teamed with the CMU Network on the Middle School Math Project. Project leaders identified nationally recognized programs that engage students in math activities or provide professional development to teachers. The Networks then arranged for funding sources, encouraged local school districts to apply for participation and selected final participants. Currently, thousands of students and teachers in the region are taking part in the first year of the program, with plans in the works for a second and a third year of participation.

Network: Out-of-School Time

Content Focus: Powered by Career-Ready and College-Ready Students; Sustained by a Culture of STEM

Leader: Rich Van Tol

In addition to the four networks based at higher education institutions, the Out-of-School Time (OST) Network was formed to promote creative extracurricular STEM activities across the region.

One result has been Math in the Mail, a free program focused on developing mathematical skills in 3-year-old children by providing tools for parents, guardians, and other caregivers.

Another success story has been Bedtime Math, which targets children between 3 and 8 years old. This free program encourages continued practice of math skills at home during a crucial time in a child’s intellectual development.