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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation
P.O. Box 369, Cochranville, PA 19330
Phone: 610-593-8038 Fax: 610-593-7283
Email: NAPE@napequity.org
Funded by the National Science
Foundation HRD-0734056 and HRD-1203121


Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Project
Updated 5/25/12
Dr. Ben Williams, Project Director, Columbus State Community College

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Members of the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Team with Senator Sherrod Brown on Thursday, April 19, 2012 during the NAPE Professional Development Institute in Washington, D.C

The Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Project, which started in late fall 2009, has 12 sites in which middle schools (in some cases), high schools, career centers, community colleges and four-year institutions, and Business and Industry partners are collaborating in using PIPE-STEMTM (The Program Improvement Process for Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to identify the root causes for low participation and low completion of females and other under-represented students in STEM Career and Technical Programs. Each team is developing research- and evidence-based strategies to increase access, participation, persistence, program completion, and ultimately, job placement, of females and other under-represented students in high tech, high wage, and high demand STEM careers. Our 12 active sites are made up of three groups. The first group is the initial three pilots that were supported by the NSF-grant funded STEM Equity Pipeline Project administered through NAPE. The second is made up of eight sites whose training has been funded through an Ohio Department of Education (ODE) two year expansion project using PIPE-STEM to develop plans to increase the Nontraditional participation and Nontraditional completion of students, as measured by the Carl D. Perkins Accountability measures. The Third group is made up of any other project teams who have contracted directly with NAPE.

In order to help sustain the work of the project in Ohio, ODE also provided the funds for eight co-facilitators to be trained to assist with the training and support of the eight new sites. This training, which occurred from September 26-27, 2011, was conducted by NAPE CEO, Mimi Lufkin and Courtney Reed-Jenkins, NAPE Director of Professional Development and co-author of the PIPE-STEM Training materials. The eight trainers were selected from the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Leadership Team, and they include representation from Columbus State Community College, The Ohio State University Women in Engineering Program in the College of Engineering, Stark State College, Ohio Department of Education, Southern State Community College, and Sinclair Community College.

The project is currently managed through Columbus State Community College and Project Director, Dr. Ben Williams.

Dr. Ben Williams, Coordinator of Special Projects
Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street, PO Box 1609
Columbus, OH 43216
Bwilli03@cscc.edu; 614-287-5689

Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Projects in the News

Sharing Research- and Evidence-based Strategies to Increase the Participation of Under-represented Students in STEM Pathways: A Workshop for Participating STEM Equity Pipeline Project Team Members and Interested Others

You are invited to attend a free 1/2 day workshop from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on July 31, 2013
Location: The Hilton Easton - Columbus

This exciting and interactive workshop will be an opportunity for members of the 14 teams of middle school, secondary, post-secondary, and business and industry professionals who have been trained through the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Projects to come together to share best practices, to network, and to discuss next steps for Ohio.

All attendees are also invited to stay for an evening reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the start of the Annual Ohio ACTE (Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education) Conference. This reception will be offered for free to all workshop participants thanks to the generosity and support of Ohio ACTE. I also encourage you to stay for the larger conference on Thursday and Friday, August 1st and 2nd.
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Techie Camp: Girl Power
Empowering Elementary School Girls with Technology

TECH CORPS is partnering with three Central Ohio organizations this summer to educate, excite and empower girls with technology. Girls and women in the U.S. are avid users of technology, but they are significantly underrepresented in its creation.

There is compelling evidence to show that innovative approaches such as greater hands-on access to computers and technology tools benefit girls' ability to succeed.

With financial support from the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, TECH CORPS will offer its TECHie Camp: Girl Power program to 60 central Ohio elementary school girls. This full day, week-long summer program is designed to engage students in hands-on, interactive STEM-related activities. The girls will take a "deep dive" into subject matter focused on Programming and emerge with knowledge, concepts and skills that are useful in today's classroom and tomorrow's workplace. In addition to the technical aspects of the camp, the girls also participate in activities designed to improve their self-concept, self-esteem and dispel the myth that only boys/men are engaged and successful in computing related educational and career pathways.

This summer, TECH CORPS will partner with a number of colleges, K-12 school districts and nonprofit organizations to offer TECHie Camps in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
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Engineering class targets imaginations

MANSFIELD -- Leslie Nielsen is eager to tap the natural curiosity of 13- and 14-year-olds in a first-ever engineering class for all Mansfield Middle School eighth-graders.

"Kids don't want to be spoon-fed answers. They want to ask questions: Why is that? What is happening here?" said Nielsen, a licensed electrical engineer. She will teach five classes daily when school opens Aug. 28.

The middle school initiative is part of Project Lead the Way's Gateway to Technology, a national curriculum designed to stimulate students interest in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- careers.
Mansfield News Journal
Mansfield City Schools

State Team Workshop at Ohio ACTE Conference on Thursday, August 2nd from 12:30-3:30 p.m. (lunch included):

Members of our 12 current projects, as well as others throughout the state, are invited to attend a special Post-Conference Workshop entitled “Effective Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Nontraditional Students in STEM CTE Programs: A Special Post-Conference Workshop”. This will be a great opportunity to (1) network with other team members from throughout the state; (2) share effective practices and challenges/opportunities collaborative teams are experiencing; and (3) learn about themes and trends that the different projects are identifying. This will be an important time to share what we are learning so that we are all better equipped as we move into implementation of strategies in FY2013.

If you are interested in attending, please email Ben at Bwilli03@cscc.edu by June 24, 2012. The $40 post-conference fee can be waived for attendees who RSVP by that date. Please feel free to invite others who might be interested in attending.

Current Sites Implementing PIPE-STEM in Ohio:

The Three Initial Pilots (October 2010-September 30, 2012):

  • Cincinnati (South-Western Ohio): Hughes STEM High School, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, University of Cincinnati, The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, and Partners for a Competitive Workforce
  • Dayton (Western Ohio): Sinclair Community College and The Ponitz Career Center:
  • Marietta (South-Eastern, Ohio): Washington State Community College and Marietta High School
    • Site Lead: Shirley Singree, Department Chair; Math, Science & Engineering Transfer Programs; Associate Professor, Anatomy & Physiology (ssingree@wscc.edu)

The Eight Sites Supported through the Ohio Department of Education Expansion Project (FY11-FY13):

FY2012 Sites (September 2011-June 30, 2013):

  • Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville, Ohio (Northern Ohio): Partners: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), and Cleveland State University
  • Mansfield Senior High School, Mansfield, Ohio (North Central Ohio): Partners: North Central College, Gorman Rupp
  • Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna, Ohio (Northeastern Ohio): Partners: Garfield High School, Field Local Schools, Stark State College, Cleveland Plug & Die
    • Site Lead: Craig Morgan, Director, Career and Technical Education, Maplewood Career Center (morgancr@mwood.cc)
  • Scioto County Career & Technical Center (SCCTC), Lucasville, Ohio (Southern Ohio): Partners: Local Middle School and High School, Southern State Community College, and Business and Industry

FY2013 Sites (March 2012-June 30, 2013):

  • Lancaster City Schools, Lancaster, Ohio (Central Ohio): Partners: Being determined
  • Oregon City Schools, Toledo, Ohio (North-West Ohio): Partners: Oregon City Schools, Owens Community College
    • Site Lead: Steve Bialorucki, Director of Career & Technology Education, Oregon City Schools (SBialorucki@oregoncs.org)
  • Vantage Career Center, Van Wert, Ohio (Western Ohio): Partner: North West State Community College
  • Washington Local Schools, Toledo, Ohio (North-West Ohio): Partners: Washington Junior High School, Whitmer Career and Technical Center, Owens Community College, University of Toledo College of Engineering, and BioOhio
    • Site Lead: Debra Heban, Director of Career and Technical Education, Whitmer Career and Technical Center (dheban@wls4kids.org)

Additional Teams Contracting directly with NAPE:

  • Buckeye Adult Career Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio (North Central Ohio): Partners: Buckeye Career Center (Secondary), University of Akron Wayne College, and

Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Project

Vision Statement

The Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Project will systematically increase participation of underrepresented citizens in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

Mission Statement

The mission of this project is to use a research-based model to collaboratively and systematically increase the participation, educational completion and career placement of girls and women, and other underrepresented citizens, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in the state of Ohio.

Ohio State Team Goals:
  • Increase public awareness and create opportunities for girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • Increase participation of girls and women in nontraditional STEM fields (as identified by 25% or fewer of that gender represented in the workforce).
  • Increase persistence, retention and completion of girls and women in STEM programs at the secondary and postsecondary levels.
  • Increase job placement of females into STEM careers in Ohio.
  • Increase participation, certificate and degree completion, and job placement in STEM fields for other underrepresented groups.
  • Collaborate with and engage key stakeholders in improving opportunities for STEM.


1) ODE Site Letter FY2012
2) ODE Site Letter FY2013
3) PDF Handout from PIPE-STEM Orientation
4) PDF Handout from PIPE-STEM Explore/Discover
5) Next Steps Memo
6) PDF Handout from PIPE-STEM Select
Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline National Report 2012
OH State Leadership Sharepoint Site
NSF Reverse Site Visit OH State Data Review Document
Gender Initiatives in STEMM at Ohio State

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