The HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) recently presented the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN) with its “STEM Excellence Award” for the network’s accomplishments in driving excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and workforce opportunities in New Jersey.
“The NJSPN is vital to New Jersey,” said HINJ Chair and Allergan Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Alex Kelly. “Its focus on replicating promising practices, convening the state’s STEM experts and promoting STEM career pathways, certainly helps to ensure that we maintain the excellence of our state’s K-12 public education system. We applaud your dedicated efforts and your creative, impactful programming.”
The award was presented during the first 2019-2020 quarterly meeting of the NJSPN, which was attended by more than 60 leaders from education, industry and government, and hosted at the Foundation for Educational Administration Conference Center in Monroe Township, New Jersey.
“This award is an important recognition of the ongoing efforts of the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network to expand STEM opportunities by focusing on the important roles of early childhood education, computer science, teacher recruitment and training, and workforce development ” said Kim Case, NJSPN’s manager and executive director of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.
The NJSPN was created in 2014 and is managed by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. It includes over 500 STEM leaders from across the state and connects all STEM stakeholders-K-12, higher education, non-profit, informal providers, business, philanthropists and government.
NJSPN launched four STEM learning ecosystems in 2017 as part of an international network of now 84 ecosystems supported by the STEM Funders’ Network. This past April, a fifth ecosystem was created in Central New Jersey: the Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer Tri-County ecosystem.
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