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August 2021
Education, business, and community partners in Michigan are embarking on a journey to make the state a world leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education.
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Cyber Career Pathways Tool
The Cyber Career Pathways Tool presents a new and interactive way to explore work roles within the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. It depicts the cyber workforce as five distinct, yet complementary, skill communities. It also highlights core attributes among each of the 52 work roles and offers actionable insights for employers, professionals, and individuals considering a career in cyber: 

The Cyber Workforce encompasses the skills required to  build, secure, operate, defend and protect technology, data, and resources; conduct related intelligence activities; enable future operations; and project power in or through cyberspace. It is comprised of the following skill communities: IT, Cybersecurity, Cyber Effects, Intel (Cyber), and Cross Functional. The skill communities are color coded to match the work role galaxy. 

Users from a variety of backgrounds can also use the tool to better understand the cyber workforce as a whole, in addition to the various types of cyber work roles and their relationship to one another. 

The Cyber Career Pathways Tool User Guide provides additional information and steps to navigate the tool. 

This tool was created and is maintained in partnership with the Interagency Federal Cyber Career Pathways Working Group, led by CISA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Equity Resources
New Equity Reports Available

These recently released reports help contextualize the state of equity in STEM in terms of current participation of historically marginalized populations in STEM careers and connectivity hurdles that exist for our upcoming learners: 

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 
This new report provides statistical information about the participation of these three groups in science and engineering education and employment. Data and figures in this report are organized into the following topical areas: enrollment, field of degree, employment status, occupation, including academic careers, and disability status. 

Learning at Home While Under-Connected -- Lower-Income Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic changed students’, families’, and teachers’ lives almost overnight. School buildings were closed, libraries shut down, playgrounds were locked, and childcare facilities were shuttered. Life and learning moved online.  

To understand how these changes affected families and students, particularly those that live below the national median household income of $75,000 a year, Overdeck Family Foundation, alongside Noggin, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Grable Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, provided grant support for a research survey that aimed to unpack how lower-income families handled remote learning throughout the pandemic.   

Equity Panels and Webinars

Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently held a national summit called Addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 21st Century STEMM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine] Organizations. In the summit, experts provided insight on ways to advance diversity and inclusion, and strategies for confronting systemic racism in STEMM. See the webinar recording and meeting materials here

Valuing Disabled Voices in STEM
In this webinar hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, STEM researchers and a panel of students with disabilities share their experiences and contributions on what it’s like to be in the STEM field with a disability. The webinar provides insight on how classrooms and work spaces can be better designed to support STEM students and professionals with disabilities.  See the webinar here

Culturally Relevant Math Practices

The Culturally Relevant Math Practices website launched on Juneteenth

Two years ago, 100kin10, a national think tank, committed to solving one of the most pressing issues in the US - ensuring that all students get a meaningful and rigorous STEM education. Among its priorities was to support a project team that would focus on designing Culturally Relevant Mathematical Practices (CRMPs). The CRMPs were drawn from leading work on culturally relevant pedagogy, culturally relevant mathematics, teaching, and standards for social justice.  

The project team arrived at a subset of 5 practices that are inspiring, humanizing, and joyful -- showing the way for teachers and teacher preparation programs for what type of learning can be true for students in mathematics classrooms across this country -- seeing the work of liberation and education as inextricably married. This is not meant to be another static directive in time but rather their hopes are that the mathematics education community at large contributes questions, suggestions, and resources as they continue to iterate their thinking in pursuit of better access to empowering STEM learning for all.  

The five CRMPractices

  • Center Complex Identities - Construct mathematical ideas through the lens of complex personal, racial, and social identities 
  • Expand Understandings of mathematical concepts, algorithms, histories and cultures, to  pursue solutions that matter 
  • Engage Human Experience -  Use the human experience to create, adapt and apply mathematical models 
  • Fight for Justice - Build powerful mathematical arguments in the fight for systemic social and racial justice. 
  • Leverage Voice - Illuminate patterns of representation, resistance, and resilience in the world 

The site also has a community curated page of additional resources for mathematics educators looking to continue learning and unlearning.

Explore the Million Girls Moonshot Toolkit

The Million Girls Moonshot Toolkit  from the STEM Next Opportunity Fund is a collection of resources originally designed for projects that are part of the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative but are available for all educators to use. All of the resources in the toolkit have been vetted using a culturally responsive and equity lens to foster inclusive STEM learning spaces for all youth, particularly girls. The toolkit is divided into four sections: Equity and Inclusion Framework; Engineering Mindset; Role Models, Mentors, and Families; and STEM Transitions and Pathways. Explore the toolkit at stemnext.org/engineering-mindset-toolkit

Rané Garcia named Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MDE

Rané Garcia, currently the superintendent of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System, was named as the first director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and will begin her new role on August 23, 2021. 

“We are continuing our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with this new position at the Michigan Department of Education,” said Dr. Rice, State Superintendent. “Rané Garcia brings the personal and professional experience to help strengthen our efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the department and within the state. We are very pleased to have her join our team.” 

Garcia has been superintendent for the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System since 2017, following a year as its assistant superintendent. Her 31-year career in public education includes experience as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. 

As director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Garcia will be responsible for developing and supporting internal and external efforts and strategies that foster greater fairness and inclusion in the state’s public schools. 

As a first-generation college student and math major at the University of Michigan, Garcia began her career as a teacher building relationships with students and families in a variety of cultures in Michigan, Texas, and Illinois. As a principal, she led her school to a National Blue Ribbon Award by closing achievement gaps. As a superintendent, she has worked to strengthen her school district by improving student achievement, partnering with higher education, substantially improving the teacher retention rate, and stabilizing enrollment. 

Career Connections
STEM Role Models Library

JASON Learning is an organization with a mission to introduce students to careers in STEM. In their live role model webcast series, students meet scientists, engineers, designers, and other professionals who share their journey to their careers from what sparked their passion, to the courses they studied, the adventures they have been on, and about their day-to-day experiences.  

All JASON live events are free and open to the public.  

Take a journey into JASON’s past live events and explore different career opportunities in STEM fields.  On-demand video archives of each live event are available for later viewing on JASON’s Live STEM Role Model Events YouTube channel

Keri Bean, Mars Rover Driver: JASON STEM Role Model
FYI - the JASON Project gets its name from the Greek myth of the Argonauts, a group of adventurers who traveled with a hero named Jason to explore the far reaches of the ancient world in a ship called the Argo. Dr. Robert Ballard, JASON’s founder and famous modern-day explorer, gave the organization its name when he dreamed of creating an educational program to spark the imaginations of students with real-life science.  Despite their tradition of spelling JASON in all caps, it’s actually not an acronym. 

Pathways to Science Tool

The Pathways to Science website is a tool maintained by the Institute for Broadening Participation which has a mission to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. They design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. They believe that diversifying the STEM workforce is the best way to ensure our nation's economic vitality and solve global challenges. 

The K-12 Resource page lists fully funded STEM programs, funding information, career information, and a STEM Resource Toolbox for K-12 students and their parents and teachers. 

The STEM Programs and Scholarships sections contains the following resources: 

Is a Career in Health Care Right for You?

ExploreHealthCareers.org is a collaboration between today’s health professionals and leading health care associations designed to help you start down the road toward a career in health. Here you’ll find the latest health career information and tools to guide you as you prepare for a future in health care. 

For students who want to enter the workforce sooner and still work in the health care field, ExploreHeatlhCareers.org has a number of options from which to choose. Check out their health careers grouped by years of study with links to detailed career information, details about what the job responsibilities are like, how much you might earn, and academic requirements. 

What Does it Take to be a Pharmacist? 
Pharmacists dispense prescription medication along with key information, such as side effects, contraindications with other medicines, and a range of other concerns. They also walk customers through their physicians' dosage and usage instructions to ensure medications are safely and effectively consumed. Visit The Balance Careers & Learn How to Become pages to find out the typical duties, salary, education requirements, undergraduate & graduate degrees, skills, and competency requirements. 

Ocean Exploration Career Profiles

Explore and learn about a variety of ocean careers available to those interested in working on or in the ocean!  

Visit NOAA Ocean Explorer where you will find a wide selection of talented people ranging from explorers, graduate students, submersible pilots, and vessel crews to NOAA Corps Officers. 

Meet Edith A. Widder 
Dr. Edith (Edie) A. Widder is a former senior scientist at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and co-founder of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association. 
Interview a Park Ranger

Park rangers at Fort Matanzas National Monument are able to conduct live interactive classroom presentations through the Ask a Ranger Distance Learning program from the National Park Service. This FREE program is a great way to introduce your middle school students to this amazing national park. 

Visit the site to learn how to participate, objectives and length of the program, how to prepare students ahead of time, and materials needed. 

Email casa_education@nps.gov  to schedule your class or learn more! 

Explore Career Profiles and 360 Videos at Let's Go CAREERS

Using career profiles and 360 videos, Let's Go! CAREERS brings students virtually inside the work environment, especially in areas that need skilled workers. You can browse hundreds of videos in Manufacturing, STEM occupations, health science, transportation and logistics and more!  

Watch the video below to meet Dana Moore who works at Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems (IMCS) as a biomanufacturing associate. Dana's love for science started while she was a student at the Governor's School of Virginia. She dreaded taking a physics class, but discovered physics was really cool. During her college years, she explored a variety of possible career options, and finally realized her passions were in research. 

Dana Moore, Biomanufacturing Associate | Let's Go! CAREERS
Educator Resources and Professional Learning
Launching Soon: Michigan K-12 CS Professional Learning Network!

The Michigan CS Professional Learning Network is an opportunity for educators, administrators, and stakeholders in computer science implementation to connect and receive support. This network is planning to offer monthly events such as webinars, newsletters, and meetups for the different audiences in the network: 

  • Educators - Opportunity to come together to learn from experts and other educators. Share ideas, resources, and brainstorm new strategies.
  • Consultants - Opportunity to learn from experts and other consultants in the field. Providing resources and tools to support educators. Round tables to discuss on-demand CS topics. 
  • State-Level - Individuals and organizations gathering to share state-level resources and opportunities. Providing direction and advisement of state-level implementation of the CS. 

Get connected with the network by filling out the CS PLN Network Form. You may indicate if you would like to receive updates only for educators, or consultants, or state-level, or multiple updates. 

"Best Practices in a Virtual Meeting" by Larry Wyn

Here's a shout-out for Larry Wyn, MiSTEM Network's CS Program Manager, and his development of  materials and a workshop for  Best Practices in a Virtual Meeting.  Larry was asked to present to a group of consultants, administrators, and facilitators at the Eastern Upper Peninsula (EUP) Intermediate School District (ISD) after Kevin St. Onge, Regional Director of the EUP MiSTEM Region, shared with his colleagues at the ISD about the success of Larry and others in facilitating MiSTEM network meetings. 

Larry facilitated a session in which he shared resources in this slide deck in a very engaging format.  The feedback was over the top, and people are already incorporating these practices into their work! 

Future Proud Michigan Educator (PME) Explore curriculum

As a continuation of Michigan's efforts to grow and diversify the educator workforce and reduce educator shortages, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is providing resources that facilitate recruitment into the profession for an existing pool of candidates to address short-term school vacancies and long-term staffing needs in the state of Michigan. 

The Future Proud Michigan Educator (Future PME) pathways focus on four populations of future educators: 

The fourth pathway is designed for students in grades 6-12 to learn more about education professions because they are an important category of candidates to consider for long-term staffing solutions even though they are not able or ready to enter the workforce or resolve immediate staffing needs.  There are two types of programs within the students grades 6-12 pathway: Career and Technical Education programs and a newly introduced Explore program. The Explore curriculum is designed to assist ISDs and LEAs in the implementation of new educator programming for students in grades 6-12. 

These resources for Explore Courses are provided on the Future Proud Michigan Educator website:

The Explore curriculum is now available to intermediate school districts (ISDs) and local education agencies (LEAs) - both traditional public school districts and public school academies (PSAs).  To learn more about the Future PME Explore curriculum, please access the full curricular resources through the Future Proud Michigan Educator website.  

Questions about the Explore curricular resources can be directed to Holly Carruthers at CarruthersH@Michigan.gov.  

Reimagining the Five Practices for Effective and Equitable Discourse: An Example from a Virtual STEM Experience 
Connected Science Learning is NSTA's journal highlighting STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school settings.  The May-June 2021 Issue includes the article "Reimagining the Five Practices for Effective and Equitable Discourse: An Example from a Virtual STEM Experience" by Kristin Cook, Sahar Alameh, Cathrine Maiorca, L. Octavia Tripp, Craig Schroeder, and Margaret Mohr-Schroeder.  The article explores how the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Task-Based Discussions in Science (Cartier et al. 2013) tool can be used to support productive discussion and equitable participation in online science experiences. 
Resources for Afterschool Programs from the IF/THEN® Collection

The National Girls Collaborative Project is hosting a virtual event for educators in Afterschool Programs!

Resources for Afterschool Programs: Using the IF/THEN® Collection for Programming 
September 14, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern

Register here  

Managed by the National Girls Collaborative Project, the IF/THEN® Collection includes thousands of images, videos, posters, and materials available at no cost to educators across the U.S. to use in classrooms, social media, camps, museum exhibits, and more.  The IF/THEN® Collection features resources highlighting STEM professionals who serve as IF/THEN® Ambassadors, and also includes activities that can be used in afterschool and informal STEM programming. Join this event to learn more about these resources designed for educators working in a wide variety of educational settings. 

Back to School Resources from OpenSciEd

It’s the time of year when we pull out our school keys, walk the halls of our building, and step into our classrooms for the first time in weeks (or months). We hope that you have been able to rejuvenate and recharge this summer to prepare for the new year and new students. The OpenSciEd team is sharing a roundup of everything you need for the start of the school year: 
  • Middle School Science Units 
  • COVID-19 Units with SEL 
  • Teacher Handbook 
  • Remote Learning Adaptations 
  • Professional Learning Services 
  • Join the Community 

Share this link via Twitter by September 15, 2021 to be entered in a raffle contest (Amazon gift cards for a few lucky winners)! 

Virtual Field Trips 

Need a Break from the Heat?  Visit Virtual Ice Explorer!

The Virtual Ice Explorer (VIE) aims to bring the public closer to icy environments. Developed by the Education and Outreach (E&O) team at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, VIE encourages informal learning about icy environments by immersing visitors in “choose your own adventure” tours.  

Explore glacial and ice-covered sites around the world from the comfort of your own home or classroom!  

EarthX Virtual Field Trips

EarthX virtual field trips are designed as extensions to the free K-12 Environmental STEAM Curriculum and are curated from many EarthX partners. These 5-10 minute videos, organized by grade band and aligned to standards, provide guiding questions for students to contemplate environmental issues.  

Each video includes a brief lesson overview including: 

  • Lesson Goals 
  • Overview 
  • Vocabulary 
  • Guiding Questions 
  • Next Generation Science Standards 

Visit EarthX virtual field trips where you will find videos and curriculum on Sea Turtles and their Ecosystems, Watersheds, Waste to Energy, Water by Design: Aquaponics 101, Managing Invasive Species, and more! 

Contests/Challenges/Scholarships/Grants
Congressional App Challenge

 

Representative Peter Meijer is hosting the Congressional App Challenge for middle school and high school students in the 3rd Congressional District. Students are encouraged to learn to code and develop their own apps through the district-wide competition, inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. 

Details about the deadline, registration, and rules can be found on this Student page.  All Congressional App Challenge student app submissions are due November 1st.  #congress4cs

If you have any questions about the Congressional App Challenge, please reach out to Congressman Meijer’s office: JJ.McGrath@mail.house.gov.

NASA TechRise Student Challenge 

The NASA TechRise Student Challenge will begin accepting entries on August 18, 2021! Teams of 6-12th grade students can submit ideas for climate or remote sensing experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon, and space exploration experiments to fly aboard a suborbital rocket. 

The winning teams each will receive $1,500 to build their payloads, as well as an assigned spot on a NASA-sponsored commercial suborbital flight. Balloon flights will offer more than four hours of flight time, while suborbital rockets will provide around three minutes of test time in microgravity conditions. 

The contest aims to inspire a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, and electronics, as well as a broader understanding of the value of test data. The challenge also will allow students to engage with NASA and technology communities, and expose them to potential careers in science, technology, and space exploration fields. 

NASA TechRise Student Challenge

REACH Challenge: A STEM Project that Changes Lives!

The REACH Challenge, hosted by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), is an impactful Adaptive Technology design-thinking project for middle, high school, and college STEM programs. This innovative project aligns with Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy and provides teachers with everything they need to show their students how to use their STEM skills to make a real-world difference in the lives of those in their community by combining empathy and engineering for social good. Projects can then be submitted to ITEEA for awards and funding for STEM programs! Last year, ITEEA presented more than $5,000 in awards to REACH Challenge teams across the country!   

Registration for the REACH Challenge includes instant access to ready-made lesson plans, slide presentations, worksheets, hands-on activities, discussion prompts, and inspiring explorations aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In 2020, ITEEA added "Design from a Distance: Online Learning Toolkit" complete with videos, online quizzes, and more for schools doing online or hybrid learning. 

Learn more and register here.  The Registration Deadline is November 10, 2021. 

Reach Challenge Highlights 2020
Eco-Art Competition: Plant the Seed

Create a piece of art, either 2-D or 3-D, that illustrates this year’s EarthX 2022 Inspire Through Eco-Art Competition theme of Plant the Seed and enter to win a cash award! 

The subject matter of your art can center around different aspects of this theme. It could focus on the benefits of creating a rain garden to protect a watershed, a community garden to support an urban area, or regenerative farming to improve both water quality and climate change. One could also apply the theme to the planting of a tree as a means to combat the effects of deforestation, increase CO2 capture, or support habitat security for wildlife. The idea that planting seeds for a garden promotes the health of pollinator populations could also fit into this concept.  

Cash Awards: 

  • Div I (Ages 5-9)-1st Place-$250; 2nd Place-$125 
  • Div II (Ages 10-13)-1st Place-$500; 2nd Place-$250 
  • Div III (Ages 14-18)-1st Place-$1000; 2nd Place-$500 
  • Div IV (Ages 19-22)-1st Place-$1500; 2nd Place-$1000 

Submissions Window Opens: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 
Submissions Window Closes: Monday, January 24, 2022 

Title IV, Implementing Effective Use of Technology Grant from MDE

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Educational Technology unit, is launching a competitive implementation grant, Title IV, Implementing Effective Use of Technology. MDE recognizes that districts understand the importance of offering rigorous curriculum to students that prepare them for success in a diverse and competitive workforce. This grant is part of a commitment to support districts working to implement open educational resources (OER) or computer science standards. 

This grant will support Intermediate School Districts or Regional Educational Service Agencies, Local Educational Agencies, and Public School Academies in their planning and implementation efforts to adopt open educational resources or computer science standards and integrate flexibility and rigor into curriculum areas as identified by a district team.  

Awardees may receive up to $20,000 for the implementation of computer science standards and up to $14,000 for the implementation of OERs. The grant is expected to become available to LEAs in late July or early August  2021.  

For more information, please refer to the Title IV Grant Overview document.  

An Intent to Apply form for this grant is open now and can be found here. Questions can be emailed to MDE-EdTech@michigan.gov

Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP) Education Grant Application

The 2021 MAEP Education Grant can fully fund in-classroom educational events or events that enhance education in environmental science, engineering, and stewardship. Apply online by September 25, 2021. 

Apply here 

MicroGrant Program for Educators and Teachers

The Educators of America organization is driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible. If you are a teacher that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out this grant application. The classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a bi-annual basis. 

Qualifications To Apply: 

  • K-12 School (Public, Private, Charter, or Religious) 
  • Young Adult Education Centers or Community Services Center 
  • English Language Learning Centers & Organizations 
  • STEM/STEAM Centers & Organizations 

For more information and how to apply, visit MicroGrant Program for Educators & Teachers.  

Fall Deadline: September 15, 2021

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Classroom Grant Program

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) Foundation believes that one of the most significant means to inspire and advance the future of Aerospace is to fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational need of students. Each school year, AIAA awards grants of up to $500 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. 

To learn more about this grant opportunity and how to apply, visit the AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant website. 

Grant Guidelines: 

  • A clear connection to science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics (STEAM) with an emphasis on Aerospace must be included in the grant proposal. 
  • Applicants must be a K-12 classroom teacher with funds that will be paid to the school. 
  • Applicants must be current AIAA Educator Associate members prior to receiving this grant. (To join, please visit AIAA Educator Membership. Membership is FREE to educators!) 
  • Each school is limited to up to 2 grants per calendar year.  
  • Funds must be spent on the items proposed in the original application. 

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2021. 

Workforce Development
Career Explorer Tool

Looking to connect job postings, labor market data, training and education? Discover the Career Explorer Tool in Pure Michigan Talent Connect (PMTC) that is designed to provide you with personalized career and education data that is tailored to your individual needs. Career Explorer leverages job postings from PMTC, as well as training and education from Michigan Training Connect and Pathfinder. The result is one tool with multiple sources of workforce, training and education data. 

When you access the Career Explorer tool through Pure Michigan Talent Connect you will be provided with local labor market and training information to help you identify training and employment recommendations. Click here to access the Career Explorer Tool User Guide.  

The Career Explorer tool looks at: 

  • Your previous work experience 
  • Job postings relevant to you 
  • Comparisons to other and your past jobs 
  • Employment and educational opportunities applicable to you 

You can access the Career Explorer tool by logging into your Pure Michigan Talent Connect account or creating a free account through the buttons on the bottom of this Career Explorer page.

Michigan's Blue Labor Market

The July issue of Michigan's Labor Market News by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget's Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives focuses on one of our state’s most important resources: freshwater.  

The Map of the Month on page 15 illustrates how the state’s Accommodation and Food Services industry is more prevalent near the Great Lakes, while their occupational focus covers the work of Environmental scientists and specialists. 

The feature article, Exploring Michigan's Blue Labor Market, starting on page 16 highlights some of the industries and occupations more directly tied to water in Michigan, though its impact goes beyond just these jobs.  

Here is an excerpt from the feature article: 

"Michigan’s freshwater resources not only define the landscape and leisure activities of the state’s residents and visitors, Michigan’s blue economy also shapes the nature of the state’s jobs and opportunity for regional prosperity. Both industries and occupations directly and indirectly tied to water can be thought of as part of the blue economy.  In some form or another, much of the Michigan economy (both jobs and workers) can be tied to water, making the quality of water in the state crucial to economic health.

West Michigan Works! Job Seeker Survey Results
To better help understand the barriers and concerns that are affecting our workforce, West Michigan Works! recently contracted Calvin University’s Center for Social Research to conduct a survey of job seekers. The data provides valuable information about how workforce agencies, employers, and community partners can best prepare individuals to return to work. Watch this Survey Presentation and Q&A webinar from June 3, 2021: 
West Michigan Works! Talent Survey Presentation and Q&A
Webinar Recording: How Employers Can Leverage STEM Competitions to Cultivate Talent 
STEM Competitions offer a unique way for employers to engage with students and support STEM learning. This webinar brought together some of the leading organizations supporting STEM competitions to discuss how they support STEM talent goals in addition to community engagement objectives. 

Angela Davis, State Director of Science Olympiad, kicked off the webinar with this declaration: “Each and every one of us is born a scientist, we are born exploring and researching this world around us, and the only way to continue that is if we are constantly motivated to stay that course.” 

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