Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University, lead institution of Pioneer Valley STEM Network, to host Network relaunch event Aug. 13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2019

CONTACTS:  Troy Watkins, twatkins@westfield.ma.edu, 413.572.5523
                        Tricia Oliver, toliver@westfield.ma.edu, 413.572.8575

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:         
The Pioneer Valley STEM Network (PVSTEM NET), inactive for several years, will be relaunched by Westfield State. One of eight regional networks funded through the Department of Higher Education Pipeline Fund, PVSTEM NET aims to enable area businesses, institutions of higher education, local school districts, regional workforce development professionals, community based organizations and various municipal or civic leaders to increase the number of area students who participate in career-related programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), while also increasing the number of qualified STEM teachers and improving educational offerings in area schools.

Attendees will network with colleagues, learn about plans for education and collaboration and will participate in an innovative STEM activity coordinated by LEGO Education. Educators will begin planning for STEM Week 2019, October 21–25. Events will be held at Westfield State and other schools, colleges and locations.

WHO:            
Jennifer Hanselman, Ph.D.,
regional manager of PVSTEM NET and dean of Westfield State University’s College of Mathematics and Sciences, will welcome guests, including representatives from local colleges, PK–12 districts and schools, partners such as the Springfield Thunderbirds and LEGO Education, and
Bob LePage, Massachusetts assistant secretary for career education.  

WHEN:         
Tuesday, August 13, 9 a.m.–noon

WHERE:      
Scanlon Banquet Hall
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA

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