Tennessee’s STEM Fellows program seeks to bridge business, education

STEM schoolFrom the Chattanooga Times Free Press: The Southeast Tennessee STEM Initiative is seeking businesses with a desire to improve the quality of public education, and thus the quality of the workforce. Part of its one-year STEM Teaching Fellows program pairs businesses and area teachers together to learn from each other.

The STEM work here was kickstarted by the 2012 opening of STEM School Chattanooga, a Hamilton County public school that opened with support from businesses and nonprofits on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College. But officials are working to spread STEM across Southeast Tennessee through the STEM Innovation Hub.

Aside from working to better educate students in STEM subjects, the regional effort has worked to bring businesses and education together, so that business expectations for the workforce are more aligned with the public schools’ output of graduates.

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