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Building Community/Industry Partners

Colorado Academic Standards Science Graphic (small)

Colorado has numerous assets which can and should be leveraged to advance a statewide STEM agenda. In addition to the Gov. John Hickenlooper administration, key public partners include the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (OEDIT), and the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC). STEM Roadmap, 2014

View Colorado's STEM Education Roadmap


Colorado Institutions of Higher Education

Partnering

There are many ways to partner with Institutions of Higher Education.  A few may be to:

  • contract with one to offer professional development for administrator, teachers and staff
  • conduct collaborative research projects
  • write grants with them to improve students outcomes
  • math and science partnership programs (MSPs)
  • work with them on building summer programs for your students
  • work with students on science fair projects

Colorado Department of Higher Education – Complete listing of 2 and 4 year Public Institutions of Higher Education and Private Institutions of Higher Education.


Colorado-based National Laboratories/Research Centers

Our state is second to none in concentrated talent, making Colorado a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurism. Partnerships among our research universities and national laboratories, the business community, and K-12 education breeds company success.  Colorado has more than 30 federal labs and research institutions.  Many of these labs have data sets to share, infographics, educational programming, and much more. 

Partnering

There are many ways to partner with federal labs and research institutions.  A few may be to:

  • contract with one to offer professional development for administrator, teachers and staff
  • conduct collaborative research projects
  • create field experiences for your students
  • establish a mentoring program
  • work with them on building summer programs for your students and teachers

Major federal labs and research centers located in Colorado

View all federal labs and research centers in Colorado


Colorado Informal Educators

Informal education institutions are innovation centers in our communities.  Although this is not an exhaustive list, and some are in metro Denver, it provides ideas for other areas of the state. 

Partnering

There are many ways to partner with informal educators.  A few may be to:

  • contract with one to offer professional development for administrator, teachers and staff
  • conduct collaborative research projects
  • create field experiences for your students
  • establish a mentoring program
  • work with them on building summer programs for your students and teachers

Informal Educators


Colorado-based Industries

Our state is second to none in concentrated talent, making Colorado a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurism.  The Colorado STEM Roadmap provides information on what Colorado is doing to establish greater connections between industry and K-12 education.  For more information, view Colorado's STEM Education Roadmap

Partnering

There are many ways to partner with industry leaders.  A few may be to:

  • create field experiences for your students
  • establish a mentoring program
  • work with them to build summer programs for your students and teachers
  • present at school assemblies or in classrooms

Colorado-based Foundations and Initiatives

Partnering

There are many ways to partner with foundations and initiatives.  A few may be to:

  • establishing a mentoring program
  • work with them on building summer programs for your students and teachers
  • apply for grant/scholarship monies to support innovative programs in your districts

Foundations

View Foundations in Colorado


Federal Organizations

Partnering

There are many ways to partner with federal organizations.  A few may be to:

  • contract with one to offer professional development for administrator, teachers and staff
  • conduct collaborative research projects
  • create field experiences for your students
  • establish a mentoring program
  • work with them on building summer programs for your students and teachers
  • host a river watch program in your school/district
  • work with Project WILD/WET/Learning Tree

Organizations

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