The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council announced 38 school districts throughout Iowa are recipients of the STEM BEST H.D. (High Demand) Program award. The STEM BEST H.D. Program is designed to prepare students for the workforce through curriculum focused on skills needed in job sectors such as
computer science/information technology, healthcare professions and advanced manufacturing.
The 38 new or expanded partnerships included funding for up to $40,000 each. Compared to the traditional STEM BEST Program, STEM BEST H.D. offers a higher financial support and a lower cost-share requirement for applicants. The funds can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, time for program planning with partners, site visits or integrating curriculum into existing courses.
The 2022 STEM BEST H.D. Program awardees in the Northeast Iowa STEM Region are:
Central Community School District
Clayton County BEST will expand with industrial technology area to offer an Advanced Manufacturing component to the program. Students will have the opportunity to operate a small manufacturing business that can meet a community need while building both business and manufacturing skills.
Dike New Hartford Community School District
At Dike-New Harford, a more relevant and vibrant industrial technology curriculum will be developed. Specifically, improvements will be made to facility and equipment to offer courses in advanced welding, CNC machining, product development and enterprise, and laser fabrication.
Dubuque Community School District
Dubuque Community School District will increase student awareness of quality careers available in advanced manufacturing in the Northeast Iowa Region, by updating and improving advanced manufacturing programming and curriculum through engagement of local business partners to provide a variety of work-based learning experiences for students.
MFL MarMac Community School District
The current MFL MarMac STEM BEST will expand to develop a new drone technology / precision agriculture program to enhance the rigor and future-ready offerings of the school’s agriculture program. This will also expand the efforts of the new authentic learning program specialized area of computer science and information technology within the agriculture program.
Waterloo Community Schools
An additional Career Program Pathways will be offered in Cyber Security to be a part of the Computer Science/IT pathway at the Waterloo career center for the 2022-2023 school year. The ultimate goal is for students to leave with certifications (Security Pro, COMP TIA certification & other ethical hacking certifications), Work-Based Learning experience and leave prepared to continue post secondary plans in a career or technical program focused around Computer Science/IT.