Business Engagement

Business / Education Partnerships

Iowa’s future economic competitiveness and quality of life is critically dependent on our K-12 education system’s performance in preparing a scientifically literate populace and increasing the pipeline of students who select STEM careers to support Iowa’s innovation driven business and economic vision. Based upon clear successes in other states, a strong systemic partnership between the public, private and relevant non-profit sectors is critical for achieving the improvement we require.

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Iowa STEM CAPS = Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

Executive Order Number 74 signed by Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad on July 26, 2011, declared that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education should be strengthened as part of providing a world-class education, encouraging innovation and enhancing economic development in Iowa.  The Advisory Council’s priorities for FY2015 include establishing innovative, replicable Iowa models of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) originated by Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, KS, and now occurring in four additional locations across the country, including Waukee, Iowa (see Additional CAPS Models below.)
The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is interested in growing the “satellite” model occurring as Northland CAPS that immerses students in professional environments without the need for new buildings or classrooms.
The Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to promote Iowa STEM CAPS programs, with the goal of uniting the expertise of public and private sectors to strengthen the continuum from school to careers. The number of proposals accepted will depend upon available funds and proposal requests.
To learn more about the CAPS model in Iowa, view the webinar  here.
Professional Development support for CAPS at Iowa State University: 
Research Experiences for High School Teachers

PEERS = Partnership for Excellent Educational Resources for STEM

Classroom Presentation
Mission: to provide students and parents opportunities to learn about the fun and rewarding profession of engineering. This program assists in preparing students for a successful career by helping develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related skills.
Goals through the partnership of educators and businesses are to
1.  Promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics among local students
2. Increase the number of students enrolled in engineering and manufacturing technology programs at Iowa colleges and universities
3. Expand the number of engineering and manufacturing technology graduates considered for hire by PEERS business partners.

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