The purpose of this blog is to explore Louisiana's strategy and capacity for advancing STEM education, careers, and workforce for all. Louisiana has its own array of STEM assets, strengths and approaches in place - thus this site is designed to discover these strategies and activities. Not just a PK12 issue - all stakeholders, higher education, workforce development, economic development, business & industry, are welcome to participate. Hopefully the site will pose and answer questions that will ultimately help guide and focus diverse partners in this effort.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Grant Opportunity: Building STEM Equity in Louisiana Schools and Community Colleges

Apply today to participate in the Louisiana Stem Equity Pipeline Project

Louisiana has participated in the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) STEM Equity Pipeline™ activities since September 2013 and is pleased to announce the opportunity for pilot site participation in our state. The purpose of the STEM Equity Pipeline project is to develop strategies to increase female participation and completion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related programs, including nontraditional career and technical education programs, offered at the high school and community college levels. Site-based teams will participate in a professional development program that includes data analysis for identifying equity gaps, root cause action research, and implementation of research-based strategies. The State Leadership Team will select up to four pilot sites – Deadline is June 27, 2014.

A kick-off webinar for this opportunity, hosted earlier in May, described Louisiana’s critical need for building a STEM-skilled workforce. Specifically, presenters addressed what the future STEM economy is in Louisiana, how the state can prepare and develop a diverse workforce to meet this demand, and the roles of education, workforce development, and business and industry.  

Interested high schools and community colleges should visit the Louisiana STEM Equity Pipeline webpage to access the pilot site application, view the archived webinar, and learn more about STEM Equity Pipeline activities in Louisiana.

The webinar, entitled "Build a Strong STEM Pipeline for Louisiana," featured the following speakers:
  • First Lady of Louisiana, Supriya Jindal
  • Susana Schowen, Workforce Initiatives Manager, Louisiana Economic Development
  • David Helveston, Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission
  • Beatrice Arvie, Director of Academy of Engineering, Scotlandville Magnet High School, Baton Rouge
  • Mimi Lufkin, CEO, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
To learn more about the STEM Equity Pipeline project, visit

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