Today’s highly competitive global workforce demands a skill set that includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The number of Maine’s graduates, however, rank 28th nationally and the lowest in New England in bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. Partnerships among community organizations, K-12 schools, and higher education institutions can help change this outcome.
An AmeriCorps STEM VISTA volunteer has been placed with Maine Campus Compact to help create such collaboration. The STEM VISTA project leverages Maine Campus Compact’s expertise in facilitating campus community engagement. Maine Campus Compact STEM Program has been established to encourage and implement Maine initiatives that have the potential to link K-12 schools and higher education to strengthen STEM programs.