If you’re a professional in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in the Vancouver, Wash., area and looking to do some mentoring of students either individually or as part of a program with your company, here are a couple of organizations you might want to check out.
nConnect and Southwest Washington STEM Network both work with students in Vancouver-area schools in connection with Vancouver’s Educational Service District 112. They typically seek mentors or applied learning situations for students from middle school through high school in various capacities — from one-on-one coaching with STEM pros to on-site learning programs with STEM-based companies.
Representatives from both organizations attended the inaugural STEM Coffee Hour meetup April 7 in Vancouver. Part of the discussion between representatives and other attendees touched not only on how the programs help students but also how mentoring can benefit employees and employers in helping STEM professionals gain skills, including leadership and how to manage trainees, that will help them advance in their careers and strengthen the organizations they work for.
To learn more, contact Matthew Goosen, program coordinator at nConnect, at Matthew.Goosen@nconnect.org or 360-952-3609 or Ted Feller, executive director of the SW Washington STEM Network, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-952-3429.