World’s largest aerospace company awards funding to support a longitudinal study of statewide STEM education efforts
SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 27, 2018)—Boeing has announced that it is granting the Utah STEM Foundation $75,000 to support the Utah STEM Action Center (STEM AC) in launching the “Utah STEM Collective Impact” study.
“We are ecstatic about Boeing’s level of commitment to STEM education in the State of Utah,” said Allison Spencer, director of the Utah STEM Foundation. “Boeing has been an industry champion, working with many key stakeholders to assess the effectiveness of our efforts in STEM education and talent development.”
The “Utah STEM Collective Impact” analysis focuses on the impact of STEM education efforts to prepare Utah students for entry into STEM careers while also gauging their bearing on the state’s long-term economic growth. Boeing’s contribution will allow the STEM AC to expand their collaborative work with existing partners, including Davis School District and the Utah Education Policy Center, to measure impacts of STEM education efforts.
“Our people have unique skills and an unwavering passion for making a difference in the world, both through our products and services, and the ways we give back to our communities,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. “When that’s combined with our professional networks, partnerships and financial resources, we have the potential to drive positive, lasting change across the globe in important areas such as STEM learning.”
Information gathered in the course of this analysis will build upon data the STEM AC and other partners have collected to help maximize outcomes and inform future activities.
“We are excited about the collaborative nature of this project,” said Dr. Tamara Goetz, STEM Action Center executive director. “Are students gravitating to STEM fields because of these efforts? Choosing STEM careers? We need to identify effective practices, as well as understand how we are making a difference and where we can improve our efforts to promote student interest. Boeing’s generous support helps us to build our capacity to work with partners to address critical longitudinal questions.”
About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships.
About the STEM Action Center
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.
About the Utah STEM Foundation
As directed by the Utah Legislature, the Utah STEM Action Center officially filed for the creation of a STEM Foundation on May 2, 2016. The Utah STEM Foundation’s main priority is to help enhance the efforts of the Utah STEM Action Center, whose mission is to produce a STEM-competitive workforce to ensure Utah’s continued economic success in the global marketplace. The Utah STEM Foundation accomplishes this by leveraging community partners, creating engagement and industry alignment, and through monetary and in-kind donations.
About the Boeing Company
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. Boeing’s efforts are focused on improving access to globally competitive learning, contributing to workforce skills and development, and supporting our military and veteran communities. Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. See how Boeing is making a difference for Our Future, Our Heroes and Our Homes by visiting the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio at Boeing.com/community.