MetroWest STEM Education Network
The Metrowest STEM Education Network (MSEN) is an initiative dedicated to promoting quality education and career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. Based at Framingham State University, MSEN brings together K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, business and industry, non-government advocacy groups, and a variety of non-profit organizations committed to develop partnerships and collaborations based on the sharing of network members’ resources, expertise, and common goals. MSEN initiatives are informed by the urgency of connecting the dots between the talent acquisition needs of major STEM industries in the region and the capacity of K-16 institutions to prepare local students, especially those financially disadvantaged and from underrepresented populations, for STEM career pathways available at these major corporations. The goal of MSEN collaborating partners is to transform our organization from being a group of dynamic providers of STEM learning that often operate on parallel tracks, to an actual system of partners that, through a web of interaction and collaborations, integrate their STEM efforts toward the realization of our common vision: to articulate a continuity of efforts where youth have access to quality STEM programming throughout their K-12 and college education programs.