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The first state STEM meeting of 2013 will be held at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, CA, on March 6. With the support of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) STEM Workforce Division, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of NDIA, and the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition, the meeting will help launch the Los Angeles Hub of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLN).
At the meeting, Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX, will deliver keynote remarks, while Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will present the findings of the California STEM Task Force. Other speakers include Chris Roe, CEO of the California STEM Learning Network; David Rattray, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Ron Rohovit, Deputy Director of Education at the California Science Center. The agenda includes two panel discussions on Higher Education and Industry Alignment and STEM and the Creative Economy. Student participants from the Team America Rocketry Challenge and other major STEM programs will also join the group for a reception. Breakout sessions will encourage attendees to identify next steps and elicit commitments of engagement to advance STEM education and workforce development in the Los Angeles region.
In related news, the AIA Workforce Committee, which has played a leading role along with NDIA in planning and conducting state STEM meetings for more than five years, has recently been recast as the AIA Workforce Working Group. This change opens up participation in the meetings and related workforce efforts to all AIA members. We welcome the participation of Associate Member companies in the Workforce Working Group and encourage all member companies to attend STEM meetings around the country to help grow the industry’s future workforce.
For more information about the Los Angeles meeting and to register to attend, please visit: http://www.ndia.org/meetings/371A/Pages/default.aspx
The next state STEM meeting will be held on June 4-5 in Lovett Hall at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Planning is also underway for meetings in the District of Columbia; and Charleston, South Carolina. Dates will be announced as confirmed.
AIA Source: susan.lavrakas[at]aia-aerospace.org