Across the country, there is a need for workforce development, and chambers of commerce are realizing their ties to the business community allow them to be a nexus of these connections.
When the Skagit STEM Network came and asked us to partner it was a natural fit. It was exciting to encourage mentors to come out and share their passion with these 7th graders. The students used their science periods to meet with up to five mentors in a round-robin fashion.
This is a critical juncture in the development of students and giving them
hands-on “tastes” of possible careers may help them aspire in ways they had not expected.
We had mentors from Island Hospital, Materials Testing Center, the Marine
Technology Center, EDCO, a private engineer, a neuropathologist, and Integra – I want to thank the 16 mentors for their time – and for leaning into the lives of our youth.
I look forward to setting up next years’ STEM Like Me! session and getting more local mentors involved.
Stephanie Hamilton, Chamber President/CEO