Washington State STEM Education Foundation: Helping students become future ready

tri-cityherald | April 18, 2019

For today’s Mid-Columbia students, future opportunities for fulfilling, family-wage careers are growing, and probably none more than those in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.But, being prepared to take advantage of those opportunities is not automatic or guaranteed. Educational experiences, both K-12 and post-secondary, must first excite and then equip today’s youth to seize them.That’s where the Washington State STEM Education Foundation, established here in 2008, is making a difference. By partnering with educators, businesses, labor, government and the community, the foundation and its affiliated Mid-Columbia STEM Network have made significant strides helping students become “future-ready.”We realize more can be done and are continuing to work to achieve a vision that prepares more students, especially those of color and from low-income families, to meet projected workforce demands.

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In order to produce a high-quality CBE program, the institution must build a foundational infrastructure in support of competency-based education. This includes the development of a CBE philosophy and commitment as it relates to the institution’s mission, the design of the program structure and the definition of appropriate supports for the program and its learners (including people, policy and process supports).

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