Traditionally known for the famous butter cow, entertaining concerts and food items on a stick, members of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently gathered at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for a different purpose. The Iowa STEM Advisory Council and Executive Committee spring meeting was held in the Jacobson Exhibition Center on May 16.
To kick off the day, the Executive Committee was provided updates on the STEM Scale-Up, STEM BEST® and STEM Teacher Externships Programs, as well as on the corporate gifts during the 2018 fiscal year.
Nearly 90 business, industry, education, nonprofit and policy leaders participated in the Iowa STEM Advisory Council meeting. Several presentations and panels were held throughout the day, covering the following topics:
- Getting Iowa Future Ready, led by Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend
- Iowa’s Fast-Growing Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship, led by STEM Council Interim Executive Director Cindy Dietz
- Work-Based Learning: Spotlight on STEM BEST Programs in Iowa, led by STEM Council Interim Executive Director Cindy Dietz
- Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning Update, led by Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council also received substantial support at the meeting from a long-standing corporate partner. Rockwell Collins presented a check for $200,000 at the meeting to support the state’s STEM initiative for the next three years.