(August 05, 2016 by Mary Shapiro, St. Louis Business Journal)
The efforts to grow the STEM labor pool extend outside higher education. Webster and Washington University are among partners involved in STEMpact, a collaboration of St. Louis’ top STEM companies that’s combining the resources and human capital of corporations and academic institutions to help STEM education thrive in the St. Louis region. Founded on the belief that all students must have access to a high-quality STEM education, STEMpact provides assistance to educators and school administrators though a summer training program and ongoing STEM workshops. Participating companies include Ameren, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Burns & McDonnell, Emerson, Express Scripts, Spire, Mallinckrodt, Manifest Digital and Maritz.
Washington University’s STEM Teacher Quality Institute, called STEM TQ, is an annual program that shows kindergarten through eighth-grade educators how to better enhance STEM curricula through hands-on, real-world examples. This initiative was founded by some of St. Louis’ biggest corporations (many of the same mentioned above), that had been struggling to find top workers with STEM skills.