2022 marks the highest number of schools to be named as STEM BEST models since the program’s launch in 2014. STEM BEST H.D. is designed to prepare students for the workforce through curriculum and career-linked learning focusing on skills needed in job sectors such as computer science/information technology, healthcare professions and advanced manufacturing.
The 38 new or expanded partnerships included funding for up to $40,000 each. Compared to the traditional STEM BEST Program, STEM BEST H.D. offers a higher financial support and a lower cost-share requirement for applicants. The funds can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, time for program planning with partners, site visits or integrating curriculum into existing courses. Look for updates on the progress and models they create.