STEM Education/Industry Forum
Community College and University System educators met with industry leaders last month to advance their shared commitment and strategies to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
The STEM Forum, held at the UNH-Manchester campus, highlighted STEM needs and opportunities in New Hampshire and strategies to prepare the STEM workforce to meet industry need. The keynote speaker, Jay Labov from the National Academy of Sciences, provided data to guide STEM-related efforts and informed the group about best practices nationally. Just under 100 people participated in the forum, including faculty and staff from all seven community colleges and each of the four USNH institutions.
The Forum received the highest levels of interest and support in the state and included participation from Governor Lynch and Governor-elect Hassan, Senators Shaheen and Ayotte, the Chancellors of both higher education systems, and nine College Presidents. The Forum included significant participation of industry, including CEOs from two of the fastest growing companies in NH -- Albany International and Dyn. The participants all agreed that there is significant opportunity for the colleges to work together with industry partners to advance STEM education in New Hampshire. The level of energy at the Forum was contagious and encouraging, and the discussions set the stage for much ongoing work.