STEM platform connects students, industry

Staff Report
Published March 4, 2014

Goose Creek High School is the first in the state to partake in a new online platform that connects students focusing on science, technology, engineering and math education to industry.

The program started late last month with students creating individual profiles featuring their STEM achievements, standardized test scores, experience, videos, course work and certifications.

Goose Creek High School students in the STEM Academy program can connect to industry through a new online platform. (Photo provided)
Goose Creek High School students in the STEM Academy program can connect to industry through a new online platform.
(Photo provided)
Colleges and companies can view student profiles, connect with the students, and share opportunities, scholarships, internships and job openings. The hope is to keep students interested in STEM and attract others to the fields.

STEM Premier, a Charleston-based company that launched last year to connect STEM talent with higher education and industry, created the online platform.

Several more program launches are planned throughout the state. Locations were not disclosed. STEM Premier plans to take the program nationwide eventually.

STEM Premier co-founder Don Tylinski said Goose Creek High School is emerging as a leader in the development of STEM. Students in the high school’s STEM Academy can participate in the program.

“This partnership will give their STEM Academy students the ability to be recognized for their unique talents and expose them to the STEM-related opportunities both locally and nationally,” Tylinski said in a news release.

Ishpi Inc., a cyber security and engineering tech firm in Charleston, co-sponsored the program.

“As a company that relies on STEM talent for growth and innovation, we recognize the need for corporations like us to play a larger role in K-12 education. We are proud to be stepping up to the challenge,” Ishpi Chairman and CEO Noah Leask said in a release.

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