Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is becoming increasingly important in developing a well-qualified workforce. By assisting schools to help every child obtain in-demand skills, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS), in partnership with the STEM Action Center and the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), will help to break poverty cycles and prepare a talent pipeline for the workforce.
The STEMLink Partnership will provide two separate grant opportunities (STEM In-School K-12 and STEM Out-of-School K-12) to develop, implement, expand or enhance STEM skills and activities for students. These grants will focus on under-served youth, helping them to gain and apply STEM skills. These grants will also target those students who need the most help in gaining employable skills that will help them achieve financial independence. In turn these students will catalyze economic growth within their communities. By serving the student, these grants will ultimately benefit communities and businesses.
The overarching goals for projects funded are to:
- Increase interest and excitement in STEM learning
- Increase STEM skills, understanding, knowledge and competency
- Increase awareness and interest in STEM education and career pathways
- When appropriate, provide students with industry recognized or stackable credentials
- Governor’s Prosperity 2020 Initiative
- Utah Futures
- Utah Education Network
- STEM focus brings excitement to learning
- Department of Workforce Services Offering $6 Million in STEM Edcuation Funding
- Partnership offers $6 million in STEM grants for Utah schools
- DWS grant will help fund STEM programs in Utah schools
- State agency announces $6M grant program for STEM education
- Preparing Utah’s Workforce: The case for STEM