Sioux Center Business Leaders To Learn How STEM Education Can Help Community

Date posted - January 2, 2014

Sioux Center, Iowa — One northwest Iowa community is exploring ways that science, technology, engineering and math education can help the community as a whole.

On Wednesday, January 8, the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce will host a meeting on the campus of Dordt College to discuss how and why local businesses should be involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Members of the Sioux Center Chamber are invited to attend the meeting entitled, “How STEM initiatives help grow a highly skilled workforce.”

Sioux Center Chamber Executive Director Barb Den Herder says that supporting initiatives like this will help ensure that Sioux Center businesses have qualified candidates when they are looking to hire new employees.

Recently, Sioux Center High School was awarded the Iowa Governor’s STEM Initiative’s $50,000 district-matched award to implement a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classroom in partnership with Dordt College. Building on a longstanding tradition of collaboration, the high school is working with Dordt College to redesign learning spaces and curriculum.

Northwest Iowa STEM regional manager Kari Webb says that Sioux Center is one of only four districts in the state of Iowa to receive this competitive grant. She says that funds will provide interactive technologies, specially designed furniture for student collaboration, and professional development in active learning classrooms.

Presenters at the meeting include Webb; Pat O’Donnell, superintendent of the Sioux Center Community School District; and Leah Zuidema, dean for curriculum and instruction at Dordt College. Together they’ll present a picture of the economic impact STEM can have and talk about ways to develop partnerships between schools and Sioux Center businesses.

The noon meeting is Wednesday, January 8th from noon to 1 PM at the Eckardt Lounge, in the Campus Center of Dordt College in Sioux Center.

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