Nancy Zimpher"Since my mother was a teacher at my high school, I learned, early on, the value of higher education and chose to take advantage of every educational opportunity. "
David Wilhelm"The story of Appalachian Ohio is a story of boom and busts and chicken coops, but it is also a story of people who cared a great deal about education. I think we come out of the southeastern Ohio hills with some lessons in life that give us a competitive edge."
Regional STEMM Planning ProcessAppalachian Ohio is facing a once in a generation opportunity to bring business, education and philanthropy together in support of our region, its students and their shared future. Appalachian Ohio must harness the power of its private sector, the experience of its dedicated educators and the support of its philanthropic partners to drive student access to educational opportunities while building the economic growth necessary to provide these students with the professional and personal opportunities necessary for continued success and fulfillment in the region.
As part of the Ohio Board of Regent's southeast Ohio STEM Initiative planning grant, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio co-hosted three meetings for educators this summer in partnership with the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) and the South East Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science (SEOCEMS). These sub-regional educator meetings were a crucial moment for educators to contribute to an investment strategy and plan for our students, schools and communities through discussion on the opportunities and barriers existing around STEMM education in Appalachian Ohio and to assist us in refining a shared vision of STEMM for the region.
Meetings were held:
Thursday, August 5
University of Cincinnati – Clermont College, Batavia, OH
Wednesday, August 11
Kent State University at Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia, OH
Wednesday, August 18
Washington State Community College, Marietta, OH
Held throughout the region to ensure the perspectives of educators across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio could be heard, these meetings were an early opportunity to collaboratively build a network to ensure the region's students are equipped with the 21st century skills necessary for success in a global workplace.