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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation
91 Newport Pike, Suite 302
Gap, PA 17527
Phone: 717-407-5118
Email: NAPE@napequity.org
Funded by the National Science
Foundation HRD-0734056 and HRD-1203121


Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Project
Updated 5/16/14
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, currently involves 17 sites, and one more planned for FY2015, 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-STEM™ (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 sites are comprised of three groups. They are listed most-recent first. The first group is made up of the initial three pilots that were supported by the NSF-grant funded STEM Equity Pipeline Project administered through NAPE from 2009-2012. The second is made up of 14 sites whose training has been funded through The Office of Career-Technical Education in Ohio Department of Education (ODE). This expansion project, which was started in summer 2011 through a contract with Columbus State Community College, has used PIPE-STEM to assist career-technical planning districts in increasing Nontraditional participation and Nontraditional completion of students as measured by the Carl D. Perkins Accountability measures. The Third group is made up of other project teams who have contracted directly with NAPE.

Starting in 2013, the work of the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline was further deepened through two new projects using NAPE’s professional development program for STEM classroom transformation, Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™. These projects have also been funded through Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education. In spring semester of the 2013-2014 academic year, a team of educators who represent the STEM pipeline in Reynoldsburg, Ohio were trained in the curriculum. Team members are comprised of STEM middle school teachers and administrators from Baldwin Road Middle School, STEM teachers from eSTEM Academy and HS², and counselors and recruitment staff from Eastland-Fairfield Career Center. In the 2014-2015 academic year, a team of career-technical educators from Sandusky High School will be trained using the “Micromessaging” curriculum. At the same time, through the support of Ohio Department of Education, The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) led a new effort to increase equity in middle school education.

Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student is a professional development program for secondary and post-secondary educators designed to increase the participation and success of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with an emphasis on underrepresented populations, including women. Educators learn how they can use the power of micromessages (small and often subtle, yet powerful messages) to improve classroom pedagogy and increase the enrollment, retention, performance and completion of students in STEM.

Below is information about current opportunities for professional development through the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline, as well as contact information of the site leads for each of the projects in the state. If you have further questions about the work of the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline, please contact the project director at the email below.

More on the STEM Equity Pipeline and its outcomes can be found in the recently published book “STEM Models of Success: Programs, Policies, and Practices in the Community College” (2014). See Williams, B.M. Using Research- and Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Access and Gender Equity in STEM: The STEM Equity Pipeline Project. http://www.infoagepub.com/products/STEM-Models-of-Success

For access, equity, and diversity,

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


Special Workshop at Ohio ACTE Conference on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. (lunch included): The Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline: A Special Post-Conference Workshop. To register: http://www.ohioacte.org/ click on “Events and Activities”

This workshop will be an opportunity to: (1) learn about the exciting and innovative Ohio projects and the outcomes of their work; (2) learn about best practices from STEM Equity Pipeline projects in the State; and (3) network with other professionals who are dedicated to access, equity, and diversity in career-technical education. Lunch will be provided to all who RSVP.

Ohio ACTE Conference Session: Friday, August 1, 2014
Transforming the STEM Classroom through Professional Development for STEM Educators: Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™

Participants will be introduced to key research on “micromessages,” our delivery mechanism for transmitting cultural beliefs, often without awareness, and how implicit biases communicated through these messages affect students’ self-efficacy and subsequent learning/course selection in secondary/postsecondary STEM classrooms. Learn how a program developed by The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is transforming the STEM classroom in Ohio.

LSAMP STEM Panel Spring 2014

May 9, 2014: The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program at The Ohio State University hosted a panel of professionals of color working in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
(YouTube Video)

Current Sites Implementing PIPE-STEM™ in Ohio:

FY2015 Sites (April 2014-Present)

  • Canton Local CTPD (Canton South High School) (Northeastern Ohio): Partner: Stark State College
  • Hamilton City CTPD (Hamilton High School) (Southwestern Ohio): Partners: To be determined
  • Third site to be determined

FY2014 Sites (August 2013-Present)

  • Meigs CTPD (Meigs High School), Pomeroy, Ohio (Southeaster Ohio): Partners: Rio Grande Community College and Meigs County Chamber of Commerce
  • Morgan Local Schools (Morgan High School), McConnelsville, Ohio (Southeastern Ohio): Partner: Washington State Community College
  • Sandusky CTPD (Sandusky High School), Sandusky, Ohio (Northwestern Ohio): Partner: Terra State Community College
    • Site Lead: Nancy Zechman, Director of Career-Technical and Adult Education, Sandusky High School (nzechman@scs-k12.net)

FY2013 Sites (March 2012-Present):

  • Lancaster City Schools, Lancaster, Ohio (Central Ohio): Partners: Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Hocking College
  • 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 and Van Wert YWCA
  • 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)

FY2012 Sites (September 2011-Present):

  • 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

The Three Initial Pilots funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) (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:
    • Site Lead: Jennifer Spegal, Assistant Dean, Life and Health Sciences; Chairperson, Allied Health Instruction (jennifer.spegal@sinclair.edu)
  • 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)

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.


Ohio Fact Sheet
2014 Handout Ohio ACTE Micromessaging Session Williams NAPE 8.1.14.pdf
Handout Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Workshop 8.1.14 Williams.pdf
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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