A group of educators and students met at Ohio University Eastern as part of a newly-formed organization known as a STEM ecosystem.
It’s for area colleges, school districts, businesses and agencies that support preparing students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
They say it will ultimately lead to a stronger workforce that’s prepared for a variety of occupations, especially if Belmont County gets the ethane cracker plant.
“As we think about that coming on line in five years or ten years, we have to start working now to get ready,” said Paul Abraham, dean of Ohio University Eastern. “To improve our STEM education opportunities, increase our pathways from school directly into the job market for industries that would follow the development of the cracker plant.”
So far, the group has representatives from OUE, Belmont College, five school districts, St. Clair Commons and the Community Improvement Corporation.
They say their aim is to define pathways so students and their parents know about all the STEM-related activities and opportunities that exist in the schools.
They say it leads to good job opportunities in the marketplace.