Colorado Becomes Third U.S. State To Launch STEMworks Pilot

January 28, 2015 – A new partnership among The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), Colorado Technology Association (CTA), and Change the Equation (CTEq) will launch the Colorado STEMworks pilot to identify and promote effective science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs.

The project will result in a robust database of effective programs in Colorado schools — and other places such as museums and libraries where learners pick up ideas and experiences — as well as grants to promote and expand programs that offer experience-to-career relevance.

This is a first for Colorado, which joins two other states — Arizona and Iowa — partnering with CTEq to tap the nationally recognized STEMworks protocols to evaluate and support quality STEM programs for elementary, middle, and high school students.

“Talent is the most powerful incentive a state can offer and directly impacts a company’s bottom line. Colorado has one of the nation’s most educated, technically savvy workforces contributing to its strong position in a broad range of industries. Quality science, technology, engineering, and math education prepares and excites Colorado’s students for Colorado jobs,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I applaud the companies dedicating their time, resources, and talent to ensure every Colorado learner has access to engaging, real-world STEM education and experiences.”

“It is critical that every dollar we invest in STEM education makes a real difference for Colorado kids and the Colorado workforce pipeline,” said Matt Smith, Vice President of Engineering, United Launch Alliance and Chair of the Colorado STEM Champion Board. “ULA’s leadership on the Colorado STEM Champion Board, and this partnership with Change the Equation, helps enable a means to identify and invest in the most effective programs.”

CTEq works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs. CTEq’s member coalition works toward universal STEM literacy through its support of evidence-based, high quality STEM programs and strong STEM policies.

The new partnership and pilot are early milestones for Colorado’s STEM Education Roadmap, a public-private partnership to advance STEM education in ways that increase opportunities for all students, meet business needs, and attract new companies to the state. CEI is the lead organization facilitating the roadmap, which launched in August 2014.

“STEM literacy and competencies are at the heart of our future tech economy in Colorado, hence we are intent on ensuring corporate engagement in quality STEM programs to drive meaningful change. We believe the CTEq framework is an important element of realizing this vision.” said Erik Mitisek, CEO, CTA, a key partner in providing the staffing capacity and innovative leadership to this partnership.

STEM Champions are companies, foundations, and private donors contributing at least $30,000 — and their time and talent — to the implementation of Colorado’s STEM Education Roadmap. They include:

  • Ball Foundation
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Campos EPC
  • Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado
  • ISSAC Corp
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • United Launch Alliance
  • Women’s Foundation of Colorado
  • Xcel Energy
  • Learn more about the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap at: work/stem/additional-stem-information/