Waukee’s APEX program was among 10 school-business partnerships designated as STEM BEST Partners by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The honored programs help promote education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in kindergarten through 12th grade and to promote STEM careers. (The “BEST” part stands for Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers.) The programs will share nearly $250,000 in state and private funds through the STEM council. Awardees include Waukee, Davenport Assumption, Boone, Fort Madison and Spencer high schools and the IKM-Manning, Muscatine, Story County consortium, and West Delaware County school districts, along with North Cedar Elementary School in Cedar Falls.
For more information visit: http://www.iowastem.gov/STEMBEST
Business Record: BY JOE GARDYASZ | Senior Staff Writer | @JoeGardyasz
A Waukee Community School District program that is embedding high school students with professional firms throughout Greater Des Moines in fields such as architecture, software design, marketing and health care will get a new building next year.
Waukee School Superintendent Dave Wilkerson said the program has created great new opportunities for high school students in Waukee to make the connection between school and the world of work.
The Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program, now in its second year, provides nearly 250 students with real-world experiences at professional firms such as Shive-Hattery Inc. and LightEdge Solutions Inc. Seven classes, ranging from information management design to exploration of health sciences and medicine, enable students to work on real-world projects and earn community college credit during half-day sessions at the workplaces.
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