Thank you, Davie County! Over 425 members of our community attended the Davie County STEM Education Community Collaborative on September 28, 2009. This was just the beginning of a community-wide cooperative effort.
Help build on the momentum ~ Let’s continue to pull together as a community to improve STEM education in our schools and to better prepare our students for college, work, and life in the 21st century.
Staying involved more important AND easier than ever ~ In order to continue demonstrating the energy, strength and commitment of our community, and to leverage this engagement for long term action, a set of online community collaboration tools has been launched that make it easy for you to stay involved.
What have we accomplished together and why should you stay involved?
Legislative action ~ Lawmakers in Raleigh and Governor Bev Perdue have recognized the importance our efforts to improve STEM education and are supporting those efforts through legislative action. The Joining Our Business & Schools (JOBS) Commission bill was passed by the House & Senate almost unanimously and has been signed into law. This law empowers the Davie County STEM community in 4 ways:
Important relationships forged ~ The commitment demonstrated by Davie County parents, teachers, students and business and community leaders has helped to forge important relationships with leaders in the region, the state and the nation.
Perhaps this was stated best by Dr. John D. McConnell, M.D., the Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center:
“There is a compelling business case for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to engage and promote science and math education in Davie County. With this community partnership with NCSTEM, generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a partnership with our Medical Center, Davie County can be successful, and no doubt will be successful, in preparing our students for a very bright future in this region.”
As North Carolina competes for “Race to the Top” funds and pursues additional public/private partnerships, Davie County needs to continue building on our track record of having all-hands-on-deck for education!