The first annual STEMtech conference was a huge success. The caliber of presenters at the conference was remarkable, with topics ranging from increasing the participation of women and minorities in STEM education to managing IT services during peak demand periods. In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation held a series of discussions in conjunction with the conference designed to showcase effective networking practices. The discussions highlighted how states can learn from one another as they leverage their successes transitioning learners from high school to community college, and ultimately, into the workforce. Dozens of exhibitors were also on hand to demonstrate their latest products and services.
Ed Begley, Jr., best known for his roles in St. Elsewhere, The West Wing, and Living With Ed, a reality show that chronicles how he and his wife live the green life near Los Angeles, California, delivered the opening keynote address. Begley’s strong message encouraged sustainable and environmentally-
“Our first annual STEMtech conference brought together the best and brightest STEM and information technology professionals,”
Planning for next year’s STEMtech is already under way. Hosted by Ivy Tech Community College, the conference is being held October 2-5, 2011 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana. Individuals interested in presenting at the 2011 STEMtech can submit their proposals online at www.league.org/
Contact: Ed Leach
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About the League for Innovation: The League for Innovation is an international organization dedicated to supporting all community colleges. The organization hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with its member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in its continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities.