Great Lakes Bay Regional Stem Initiative

Freeland, MI


The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA), a consortium of business, education, and community interests, recognized that the future vitality of its economy was dependent on developing a STEM Talent Pipeline. The STEM Impact Initiative was launched in the Spring of 2014 when GLBRA contracted with Accenture and Innovate+Educate to develop a comprehensive analysis of STEM in the region and develop a strategy with specific recommendations.

Populations served:  Early Childhood, K-12, Community College, University, Out-of-School Time Providers (museums, zoos, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.), Businesses and adult learners in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties of Michigan.

Key Programs

Out-of-School Time Network – The Out-of-School Time network promotes extracurricular STEM activities throughout the region and assists with professional development and equitable access to programs.

Employer Talent Pipeline Initiative – The Employer Talent Pipeline works across industry and education sector lines to create and implement a model for employer-driven experiential learning opportunities.

College and Career Readiness – Evidence-based middle school math instruction, teacher development programs to improve math achievement, a focus on computational literacy, and activities tied to esports and robotics are key areas of focus to improve college and career readiness in the region.