South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership Expands Engagement

Apr 07, 2014
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Following the Oregon/NASA Space Grant from February, the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership has expanded their partnerships to reach a wider area of students.

Made up of 15 Oregon school districts, and serving a total of 120,000 students, the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership includes six post-secondary institutions and 20 businesses and community organizations.

The Salem STEM hub has three initiatives:

  • providing professional development for teachers;
  • connecting organizations and schools through an online network;
  • bringing more college-level courses to high schools

To read more about the hub’s success, visit Education Week’s article at For more information about the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership, visit

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About the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
The SMS STEM Partnership is a collaborative of community leaders, representing 15 school districts, 6 higher education institutions, 11 industry partners and 9 community organizations, with the vision to catalyze Oregon students to achieve STEM degrees and certificates, and reach Oregon’s education goals by increasing the access, excitement and engagement of students in STEM courses and experiential learning. For more information, contact Lita Colligan at or

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