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IMPROVING OUTCOMES IN STEM LEARNING AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
AN INITIATIVE OF THE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF NEW JERSEY The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN) is a strategic public-private alliance defining and guiding a STEM vision for cradle-to-career pathways in New Jersey. The NJSPN aims to attract, cultivate and retain a 21st century workforce in New Jersey, ensuring the state remains a top global competitor in STEM industry and continues its rich history of innovation. It originated out of the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in 2014 and has been led by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey since 2017.
An annual event in March, NJ STEM Month is a celebration co-hosted by the NJSPN and the Research & Development Council of New Jersey designed to highlight the Garden State’s STEM and innovation accomplishments. Each year, this month is recognized by both gubernatorial
The NJSPN is structured to impact STEM at the state, regional, and local levels. At the state level, the NJSPN brings together STEM leaders to improve outcomes in the areas of computer science, early learning, teacher recruitment and training, and workforce development. At the regional and local levels, the NJSPN supports New Jersey’s five STEM ecosystems, all of which are part of an international community of practice of nearly 90 STEM ecosystems. New Jersey’s five STEM ecosystems include Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance; Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer Tri-County STEM Ecosystem Consortium; Liberty STEM Alliance; Newark STEAM Coalition; and South Jersey STEM & Innovation Partnership.