What is GO-STEM?
What is GO-STEM?
GO-STEM is a collaborative partnership led by an Advisory Board with representatives from seven counties in eastern Oregon. Our work centers around three key priority areas:
- STEM Awareness, Pipelines & Pathways – Grow the workforce!
- STEM Systems for Education – Improve educational opportunities!
- Communicating Rural STEM Perspectives, Needs, Solutions & Opportunities – Advance Rural Viewpoints!
GO‐STEM is a regional partnership cultivating a community that values STEM learning, prepares youth for successful STEM careers, and builds pathways and pipelines to meet workforce needs.
Realize regional prosperity through a thriving STEM workforce and career‐ready rural youth.
“GO-STEM is re-funded!” Donna Rainboth, project director, reported that our STEM Hub grant proposal had excellent reviews from the State and would be supported until at least September of 2019. The backbone funding will allow staff to continue to work towards the aims of making STEM a high priority for the seven-county region.
The GO-STEM Hub is one of 13 in the State and is responsible to connect and serve Wallowa, Union, Harney, Grant, Umatilla, Baker, and Morrow counties. The Hub is advised by a diverse group of individuals representing education, industry, government, and workforce. See http://go-stem.org/advisory-board/ for the current membership.
The Board has defined its goals and has drafted a plan to help impact STEM in our region. How these plans should play-out, is shown in one example in Enterprise: Recently, Wallowa County professionals met to compare notes about what sorts of youth services were available in the region. Any agency or sponsor that did something for young people were invited to participate. The group assessed what was being done, identified gaps, and with help from GOSTEM staff, recognized some additional gaps in areas like career connected learning and technology. As an action of the group, they wanted to fill those gaps and provide young people with as many opportunities as possible. GOSTEM’s function was to support the Wallowa initiative by connecting them with others outside the region who had discovered how to fill those gaps. GOSTEM can help bring people together, share resources and, where possible, help to get things going. In this way GOSTEM is both a connector, communicator, and consultant to partners in the region to help forward STEM goals.