Expanding Metro Detroit’s knowledge workforce is a goal that garners much more talk than progress.
Square One Education Network works to make the latter happen. The Waterford-based organization specializes in helping further educational efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (commonly known as STEM) for educators.
“We do the train-the-trainer type of projects,” says Barb Land, program director for Square One Education Network.
The organization, which is made up of two employees and half a dozen adjunct faculty, has watched its participation numbers jump in recent years. Its users number have gone up 3,000-4,000 people annually. Last year it handled 18,000 users and expects to jump above 20,000 next year as the emphasis on STEM educational efforts continues to grow.
“Everyone is really conscious of the need to have that tech-savvy workforce,” Land says. “It’s at the forefront of everyone’s minds.”
Source: Barb Land, program director for Square One Education Network
Writer: Jon Zemke
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