Do you STEM?
If so, here’s your chance to meet and network with other professionals and individuals in the Portland-Vancouver area who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
An inaugural STEM Coffee Hour will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. April 7 at River Maiden Artisan Coffee, 602 N. Devine Road, Vancouver, Wash. It’s described as the first in a series of monthly (“for now”) meetups that aim to link up area STEM pros.
The event’s organizer is Matthew Goosen, nConnect program coordinator for Vancouver’s Educational Service District 112. nConnect links students with STEM professionals for mentoring and encouragement as they work their way through rigorous math and science courses.
Goosen said the intention of the coffee hour meetings is to serve various interests in the STEM community, including connecting STEM educators, linking students with mentors and possibly providing networking for STEM-related job seekers.
“A big motivator for the meetup is that there is a pretty large STEM professional community in Vancouver, and there are far less groups oriented around that than in Portland, so we are hoping to help establish networks for those presently employed in the industry, but we encourage those who want to get into it to come as well,” Goosen said.
For more information or to contact Goosen, go to the event’s page on Meetup.com.