BOSTON (WWLP) – The state awarded $250,000 to help students in the Commonwealth’s Regional STEM Networks. STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, a co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, said it’s important to educate teenagers now, so they can fill critical job openings in these fields in the future. “Capturing students’ interest in learning about and working in STEM careers is critical for our economy.”
Governor Charlie Baker said, “I thank all of our STEM Network partners who are working to help meet the future needs of our rapidly changing economy and bolster skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”
The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams was designated the host school for our regions STEM network. MCLA will collaborate with Holyoke Community College.
Below is a list of how the funding will support Regional STEM Networks across the state:
- Berkshire County & Pioneer Valley: MA College of Liberal Arts will serve as the host of the Regional STEM Network, and will collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley, including Holyoke Community College.
- Boston & Metro North: The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) will join with the Metro North Regional Employment Board as the lead institutions to coordinate and promote STEM activities among education, community, and industry leaders in Boston and in the communities in Metro North, including Revere, Everett, Chelsea, and Lynn.
- Central Massachusetts & Metrowest: Worcester Polytechnic Institute will serve as the lead institution to promote STEM education in Central Massachusetts while also collaborating with Framingham State University, community partners and employers in Metrowest to expand the reach of that Regional Network.
- Southeast Massachusetts & Cape Cod: Bridgewater State University and Cape Cod Community College will collaborate to build a coordinated Regional STEM Network.