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For those of you who don't know us yet...

We are the Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub. We serve the Linn and Benton County communities. Our mission is to create and elevate STEM & CTE opportunities throughout the region. In partnership with educators, industry, families, students, nonprofits, and community-based organizations, we promote opportunities for students to develop the fundamental STEM & CTE-enabled skills and mindsets necessary to:

-Become creative life-long learners who can adapt to changing social & economic conditions;

-Contribute to an increasingly complex & technologically rich global society;

-Address high-demand, competitive workforce & industry needs.

Our Mission

The Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub works in Linn and Benton counties to create and elevate STEM & CTE opportunities throughout the region. In partnership with educators, industry, families, students, nonprofits, and community-based organizations, we promote opportunities for students to develop the fundamental STEM & CTE-enabled skills and mindsets necessary to:

  • Become creative life-long learners who can adapt to changing social & economic conditions;
  • Contribute to an increasingly complex & technologically rich global society;
  • Address high-demand, competitive workforce & industry needs.

 

Our Vision and Values

Our vision:

The Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub envisions P-20 programming developed through collective action that is accessible to every student, aligned with local industry, and prepares students for well-paying careers and successful futures.

Our values:

  • Diversity is our strength.
  • Innovation is the cornerstone of prosperity.
  • Education is a collective responsibility.
  • STEM IS CTE

 

Our Goals

  • Key stakeholders in education and industry will work together more closely to enhance the STEM-CTE opportunities, achievement, identities, and agency of over 15,000 students in the Linn and Benton County school districts.
  • Increase student awareness and knowledge of STEM-CTE concepts, education, and careers.
  • Ensure equitable access for diverse participation in STEM-CTE opportunities.
  • Develop a sustainable funding environment for STEM-CTE that provides reliable and sufficient support.

 

Our Strategies

  • Work w/educators to incorporate applied learning, project-based learning, and other engaging STEM-CTE curricula.
  • Provide community-based resources, such as community STEM-CTE events, maker spaces, and take-home STEM-CTE kits and resources.
  • Increase access to STEM-CTE learning opportunities for students from under-served and underrepresented communities.
  • Offer opportunities for students to interact with STEM and CTE professionals.
  • Offer STEM-based work experiences for high school students and college students.
  • Develop and implement a STEM-CTE communications campaign for outreach, collaboration, fundraising, and advocacy.
  • Identify additional potential funding sources.

 

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The Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub ecosystem supports cross-sector alignment to provide STEM and CTE experiences and resources for
P-20 students and educators. MVSCH serves Linn and Benton Counties as part of the statewide Oregon STEM Hub Network with the mission to reimagine and transform how we educate learners in order to enhance their life prospects, empower their communities, and build an inclusive, sustainable, innovation-based economy. This work seeks to ensure that students of all races, economic statuses, and geographies will develop the fundamental STEM-enabled skills and mindsets necessary to:

 

  • Improve the prosperity of all individuals and communities across the state
  • Become creative life-long learners who can adapt to changing social and economic conditions
  • Fully contribute to an increasingly complex and technologically rich global society
  • Address high-demand, competitive workforce and industry needs

 

Our ecosystem coordinates assets across sectors to provide post-secondary pathways that are integral to advancing equity by increasing access to education, opportunity, and prosperity.

Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub Microgrants for Teachers and Businesses

The Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub’s goal is to ensure that all students in our region have access to meaningful STEM and CTE experiences. We firmly believe that supporting great teaching is one of the best ways to achieve that goal.

There is ample evidence that COVID is widening the existing systemic education and inequality gaps. We aim to work with teachers to create inclusive plans to reduce barriers and support students.

The MVSCH microgrants funded equity-focused, STEM-CTE-related projects or initiatives, especially for those furthest from opportunity.

With the conclusion of our third and final round, we have supported a total of 108 projects for a total of $257,492.98.

These microgrants are made possible by the Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub, with funding and support from the Oregon Department of Education, the Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, and the John and Ginger Niemeyer Foundation.

STEM CTE Projects microgrants for educators