AN INSIDE LOOK AT COMMUNITIES THAT ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Solving the STEM skills gap is a national problem with local and regional solutions. Many of the most effective partnerships begin as public-private collaborations in local communities, bridging the gap between employers, educators, policymakers, and other groups, such as workforce development boards or chambers of commerce. A 2016 National Academies report suggests that the blueprint for success comes through coordinating efforts, closely tracking and sharing data, embracing experiential learning, working with associations and industry consortia, and more. For several years, the STEM Learning Ecosystems, a project endorsed by the STEM Funders Network, has been cultivating STEM Ecosystems in 56 communities around the country. This session will feature representatives from one of those Ecosystems, the Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub, which has found success in building a strong foundation for the workforce of tomorrow.