posted on 3/4/22

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.

Pella Community School District:  Pella’s PEERS proposal will create an advanced manufacturing lab that uses relevant equipment to expose students to careers; connect business and industry to local students through the development of skills using current technology; provide pathways into registered apprenticeships.

  • Partners: Vermeer Corporation and Pella Corporation
  • Program Contact: Lowell Ernst

Twin Cedars Community School District:  Students will be able to utilize learned skills as an entry level employee with many Iowa based manufacturing facilities and use these base skills to go into more advanced trades and/or educational settings and successfully navigate to advanced levels in manufacturing or other diverse industries.

  • Partner: Weiler Machinery Manufacturing
  • Program Contact: Brent Bambrook

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