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Sioux Center Chamber to meet at Dordt College to discuss "How STEM initiatives help grow a highly skilled workforce"

December 27, 2013

On Wednesday, January 8, the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce will host a meeting on Dordt’s campus to discuss how and why local businesses should be involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Members of the Sioux Center Chamber are invited to attend the meeting entitled, “How STEM initiatives help grow a highly skilled workforce,” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Dordt College Campus Center’s Eckardt Lounge.

“Supporting initiatives like this will help ensure that our businesses have qualified candidates when they are looking to hire new employees,” said Barb Den Herder, executive director of the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, Sioux Center High School was awarded the Iowa Governor’s STEM Initiative’s $50,000 district-matched award to implement a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classroom in partnership with Dordt College. Building on a longstanding tradition of collaboration, the high school is working with Dordt College to redesign learning spaces and curriculum.

“Sioux Center is one of only four districts in the state of Iowa to receive this competitive grant,” said Northwest Iowa STEM regional manager Kari Webb. “Funds will provide interactive technologies, specially designed furniture for student collaboration, and professional development in active learning classrooms.”

Presenters at the Jan. 8 Chamber meeting include Webb; Pat O’Donnell, superintendent of the Sioux Center Community School District; and Leah Zuidema, dean for curriculum and instruction at Dordt College. Together they’ll present a picture of the economic impact STEM can have and talk about ways to develop partnerships between schools and community businesses.

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