The Regional STEM Networks coordinate partners representing K-12 and Higher Education, business, industry, public libraries, after-school providers, non-profits, government, and philanthropy to identify and scale up high-quality STEM programs that will prepare students for Nevada’s 21st century workforce. The goals of the three Regional STEM Networks are to:
- Increase the number and quality of formal and informal STEM-focused education programs in all communities in Nevada.
- Increase student awareness, interest, enrollment, and achievement in formal and informal STEM-focused education programs.
- Grow the number and depth of school-business-community STEM partnerships.
- Identify on-the-ground programmatic gaps or implementation challenges in need of a state-level solution.
- Grow interest, awareness, and achievement in STEM in the region.
- Carry out on-the-ground implementation of state-level programs/goals.
- Identify and build local programs and initiatives worthy of scaling statewide.
- Create and facilitate partnerships and the sharing of resources among K-12, higher education, and business/industry within the region.
Sierra Nevada Journeys was awarded $9,187 to conduct a community needs assessment. The community needs assessment will include surveys, interviews and focus groups to further develop cultural relevancy and an equity focus in its programming. Sierra Nevada Journeys will work with stakeholders in Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities to capture voices to reshape its STEM curriculum to effectively reach as many students as possible, especially those with historically fewer options and access to STEM education and careers.
Truckee Meadows Community College was awarded $16,000 to create an accelerated coding bootcamp pilot program. Targeted student populations will include traditionally underserved student populations such as women, low-income, underrepresented, racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The program will provide training leading to industry-aligned skills and stackable certificates and credentials through project-based education and work-based learning experiences provided by local employer partners. OSIT partnered with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Office of Workforce Innovation to launch this program.