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OCIC and TCC Are Part of Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

The OCIC is honored to be a coalition member of the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.  To learn more about TRSA and opportunities for teachers and students, visit its website at http://tulsastem.org.

 

The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, an initiative of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, announced it is soliciting additional partners to join its coalition to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Tulsa. Leaders of successful STEM programs and businesses are welcome to join the emerging Tulsa alliance of educators, employers and policy makers working to create a regional impact on the growth of students and jobs in STEM fields.

“The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance has as its core the mandate to convene stakeholders, create an architecture to sustain the conversation and provide the platform for working collaboratively rather than as individual entities,” said Tulsa Community College President and CEO Dr. Tom McKeon. “Through our robust coalition, we believe we can tackle the challenges of implementing a large-scale, high impact STEM mentoring program that will provide age appropriate, evidence-based learning activities that engage students and keep them engaged in STEM throughout their lifetime.”

“Tulsa is incredibly fortunate to have an extensive philanthropic community including a broad array of businesses dedicated to community investment,” said David Greer, executive director of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute. “The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a major supporter of STEM in our community. Partnered with other organizations such as the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Tulsa Area United Way, we are able to show US2020 that Tulsa is committed to advancing STEM education.”

“By the end of the 2014/2015 school year, there will be an inventory of existing STEM mentorship programs including curriculum, locations and student demographics,” said Xan Black, coordinator for the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering. “Through relationships with individual mentors and companies, students will have unique access to resources, such as supercomputers and flight simulators."

Any Oklahoma business or organization interested in joining the coalition should contact OII at info@oklahomainnovationinstitute.orgor 918-863-8700.

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