March 04, 2011

Building the Pipeline of STEM Professionals to Fuel Massachusetts' Innovation Economy

Business leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) from across the state and nation convened at Wentworth on March 1 to discuss how business and industry can best support the implementation and sustained success of Massachusetts’ STEM education plan.

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council released the first-ever Massachusetts State STEM plan, Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education V1.0, in September 2010. This plan calls for the Commonwealth to engage the business community in support of STEM education initiatives that excite student interest and develop the skills and knowledge in demand across nearly every industry sector to build a globally competitive workforce pipeline.

The meeting, “A Foundation for the Future,” included leaders from Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, and Innovate+Educate, an industry collaborative focused on improving STEM education at the state level.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray announced a partnership between the Commonwealth and the NGA and Innovate+Educate focused on advancing the five-year STEM plan and bringing together key state and business stakeholders to strategically align national- and state-level industry to support the plan.  

Wentworth President Dr. Zorica Pantic is a member of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and co-chairs the Diversity Subcommittee with Ruth Bramson, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

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