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November 15, 2013

Vermont Selected to Participate in STEM Equity Pipeline

Four Vermont Regional CTE Centers Selected as Pilot Sites

The Agency of Education announced today that Vermont has been selected to participate in a project called the “STEM Equity Pipeline.” The purpose of the project is to develop strategies to increase female student participation and completion in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related programs offered in the regional career technical education (CTE) centers through root cause analysis, action planning and professional development.

“Increasing opportunities in STEM fields for girls is important,” said Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca. “Ensuring that our female students are exposed to non-traditional career fields is a high priority for the Agency and our schools. This project will help CTE centers to create programs that will encourage girls and address the gender gap.”

The Agency’s Career Technical Education (CTE) workgroup is coordinating efforts related to the two year project and has assembled a state leadership team, representing a cross-section of state government entities, gender equity experts, secondary, post-secondary, not-for-profit, and business and industry partners. The purpose of the state leadership team is to develop a state plan to address gender equity in STEM in Vermont. See below for a listing of leadership team members.

The STEM Equity Pipeline state leadership team recently released a pilot site application to the regional career technical education centers. The pilot sites and their regional education partners will receive professional development, technical assistance, and access to a national network through The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE).

The Agency is pleased to announce that the following regional CTE centers have been selected as pilot sites for the project:

Barre Technical Center (Barre): Penny Chamberlin, Director

Center for Technology, Essex (Essex Junction): Bob Travers, Director

North Country Career Center (Newport): Eileen Illuzzi, Director

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (Middlebury): D. Lynn Coale, Director

"The STEM Equity Pipeline Project is another avenue for our career centers to develop offerings that are flexible and responsive," said Deputy Commissioner Fischer. "The goal of the project is for career centers to implement innovative research-based strategies that encourage female students to pursue pathways they might not have otherwise considered."

The Agency will be providing $2,000 grants to each pilot site and is currently seeking private sector partners to provide a matching grant. “It’s critical to the success of this project that we establish partnerships with business and industry,” said Jay Ramsey, CTE Workgroup Coordinator. “The beginning of these partnerships is demonstrated in the structure of the State Leadership Team.”

STEM Equity Pipeline State Leadership Team

Jay Ramsey, CTE Workgroup Coordinator, Agency of Education

Doug Webster, CTE Program Consultant, Agency of Education

Peter Drescher, Educational Technology Consultant, Agency of Education

Rachel Gitajn, Design Engineer, Burton Snowboards

Carrie Dickinson, Assistant Director, Center for Technology, Essex

Lynn Vera, Guidance Coordinator, Center for Technology, Essex

Darlene Murphy, Associate Academic Dean, Community College of Vermont

Mat Barewicz, Labor Market Information Chief, Department of Labor

Eileen Illuzzi, Director, North Country Career Center, Newport

Ruth Durkee, Adult Education Coordinator, Randolph Technical Career Center

Lyle Jepson, Director, Stafford Technical Center, Rutland

Cary Brown, Executive Director, State of Vermont, Commission on Women

Kathy Johnson, Principal, Vermont Equity Training & Consulting

Rosemary Distell, Associate Academic Dean, Vermont Technical College

Mary Ann Sjoblom, Software Engineer, Vermont Works for Women

Kelly Walsh, Girls Program Director, Vermont Works for Women

Learn more about NAPE here:

Learn more about the STEM Equity Pipeline here:

The project is managed by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Human Resources Development, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Program.

Please contact Jay Ramsey, CTE Workgroup Coordinator, at 802-828-5140 with questions.

Media Contacts: Angela Ross, 802-828-3154; Jay Ramsey, 802-828-5140

Source: Agency of Education
Last Updated at: November 15, 2013 10:41:17