CCBC and BCPS announce launch of
Baltimore County STEM Alliance
Group to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related careers
The Community College of Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools have announced the creation of the Baltimore County STEM Alliance.
This new partnership organization is dedicated to attracting more students to STEM coursework and STEM-related careers; assisting Baltimore County with its STEM-related workforce development efforts; and working to enact the recommendations contained in the Governor’s P–20 STEM Task Force Report.
“Last month, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology noted that our nation needs 1 million more STEM professionals than we are on course to produce and that even some of our most able students have declining interest in STEM,” said Dr. Joe A. Hairston, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.
“Over the past dozen years, our school system has integrated instruction, expanded offerings, and increased academic rigor in STEM fields," Hairston continued. "We know that many colleges, universities, businesses, and organizations have also engaged in efforts to boost interest in STEM, but we also know that, by working together, we can increase the alignment and effectiveness of our efforts.”
“Knowledge in the STEM areas are essential for Maryland citizens interested in excelling and competing on a global scale,” said CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis. “CCBC offers a challenging STEM curriculum designed to ensure students have a strong foundation in which to transfer or enter directly into the workforce. We have a number of rewarding initiatives already in place to help nurture and attract students into the field; however, we know there is strength in numbers. The STEM Alliance will enable us to collaborate with others and support more of our students in pursuing STEM careers.”
According to Baltimore County STEM Alliance leaders, once it is fully developed, the STEM Alliance will serve as a think-tank for new ideas and approaches; a clearinghouse of resources, needs, research and grant opportunities, and evaluations; a matchmaker connecting resources to needs and professionals to instructors and students; and a communicator of opportunities to parents and students.
In addition to CCBC and BCPS, the other founding members of the STEM Alliance are Goucher College, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Towson University. Additional STEM Alliance members are UMBC, Stevenson University, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, and the Associate Society Council of the Engineering Society of Baltimore.
As its first event, the Baltimore County STEM Alliance is hosting an executive leadership summit on April 11 at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Timonium. The invitation-only event will be moderated by journalist Mary Beth Marsden and feature a keynote address by Norm Augustine, renowned retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation and author of Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5. The event will be followed in June with a larger practitioners’ summit.
More information about the Baltimore County STEM Alliance can be found at www.bcstemalliance.com.
March 30, 2012