At this morning’s Focus on Education breakfast hosted by the chamber’s education committee, the overarching message was “Paying it Forward.” From students to principals to members of our business community, we all have talents to share that can support and improve our schools. One way you can help is to take a few moments to participate in a survey for the Public Education Partnership regarding your business’ needs for a pipeline of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educated employees. See their letter below and please take a few moments to participate in their survey.
The Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Inc. (‘PEP’), a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) grass roots organization, is committed to assuring that Winter Haven’s schools are unequaled in quality, relevance, and student performance. PEP seeks to improve its schools through advocacy, community engagement, and collaborative partnerships. PEP’s board consists of educators, businessmen and women, and community leaders. A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Sub-committee has been formed to focus on the development of a strong pipeline of talent within our community in the STEM areas.
To this end, the STEM Sub-committee is gathering information about the STEM “talent gap” that currently exists in our community to understand the jobs (with associated required skills) that are unfilled and the educational/skill development needs that must be addressed in the future. We need your help! Please find a unique and important survey at the link below that will ask you to provide the following: basic information, information about STEM position titles in your business that are unfiled, the associated skills with these positions, and the opportunity to provide feedback to the committee.
It is understood that dependent upon the size of your organization, you may need multiple individuals to complete this survey. Please help us to get this survey to the correct individual(s) in the organization. We request that this survey be complete by March 31st; although, we understand that some of the information will change over time and we will continually be updating the data for our region.
We thank you in advance for contributing to this important project!
The PEP STEM Sub-Committee