For Immediate Release: September 20, 2014
From: International Association for STEM Leaders
International Association for STEM Leaders made it’s debut in the nation’s capitol April, 2014 and recognizes North Carolina’s Eastern Region: STEM East for their innovative Economic Development and Community Engagement work
The STEM Economic Development and Community Engagement Leadership Award was presented to North Carolina’s Eastern Region: STEM East. Steve Hill, Executive Director, accepted the award. This organization was commissioned to develop a network of employers working with educators to bring relevant STEM programs to the workforce education pipeline. They developed a regional STEM Network that facilitates private/public partnerships, relevant curriculum development, staff/student internships, continuing education and private partner support of regional education and workforce improvement. In addition, they were requested by the State of North Carolina to assist in the development of state STEM standards and a corresponding recognition program for public schools.
International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students. In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized. In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.
The STEM Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education. Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support. DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as sponsors.
Steve Hill is the Executive Director of STEM East, a regional workforce education initiative with North Carolina’s Eastern Alliance. STEM East adds value to regional economic development by bringing national and international attention to progressive workforce educational programs in Eastern North Carolina. STEM East acts as an intermediary between employers and educators to support engaging, relevant educational programs that align to expanding careers.
Personal Information: Prior to joining NCEA, Steve built his career in an entrepreneur private business and within the North Carolina Government and Education System. He advanced within the system, eventually serving as a Secondary Education Director. Steve holds degrees in business administration, education administration and is currently an EdD Candidate at East Carolina University.