STEM Pathways

STEM Pathways

The STEM Pathways Program is an applied learning experience which uses college and career readiness methodologies to explore the Future of Work.  The economy of the future is an agile, technology-enabled, human-optimized and inclusive system. Our program explores how technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills we need to work.

The program further prepares youth from under-served communities to explore innovative, emerging and equitable career pathways for themselves to become STEM innovators, designers, and leaders.

Mission

To ensure all students are “future ready” and informed about the #FutureofWork so they are confident in their college and career transition.

Values

We empower the future workforce and strengthen the STEM education to career pipeline by preparing the students to become 1- Culturally Responsive 2 – Actively Informed 3 – Systemically Engaged.

College and Career Success

According to National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition of Career Readiness and Competencies:
 
~ CAREER READINESS IS THE ATTAINMENT AND DEMONSTRATION OF REQUISITE COMPETENCIES THAT BROADLY PREPARE COLLEGE GRADUATES FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION INTO THE WORKPLACE. ~

College and Career Success facilitates the continuous implementation of national college and career readiness priorities to ensure economic advancement for all through customized STEM career experiences, work-based learning projects and personalized career advisement.

      • 96% of colleges believe their students are prepared for the workforce. 
      • 11% of employers are confident in college grad skills and career competencies          ~ Source JFF.org
Illinois Pathways initiatives have identified Recommended Technical and Essential Employability Competencies outlined through the guidance of the PostSecondary Workforce Readiness Act.

STEM Pathways Program Offerings

  • Career Exploration and Personalized Coaching
  • Professional Branding
  • Networking & Communication Techniques
  • Resume Review
  • LinkedIn Profile Development
  • Mentor Matching, etc.

IMSA Internship

Business research projects and workforce development Cohorts for students

Girls IN2 STEM

Peer-to-peer mentoring, educational activities and events for diverse students