DaLayne Williamson, ICAD Group Workforce Business Services Director, was named to the Southeast Regional STEM Advisory Council Friday. Gov. Terry Branstad and co-chairs of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen, made the announcement.
STEM education is one of the leading education and workforce initiatives on which ICAD Group (iowacityarea.com) works with its regional and state partners. “We are working to strengthen our region’s global reputation in education and workforce,” said Williamson. “I look forward to representing this area and focusing on such an important issue. Our clients need skilled employees with STEM backgrounds now and far into the future.”
Establishing these advisory boards is the first major initiative of the new Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, a public-private partnership, whose overarching goal is to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and promote STEM economic development.
Iowa’s Creative Corridor will have nine of the fifteen seats on the Southeast Regional STEM Advisory Council, including: Kimberly Beals, Marion; Joseph Crozier, Robins; Linda Fischer, Vinton; Dr. Roger Johanson, Lisbon; Craig Martinson, Central City; Deborah Stanton, Washington; John Tursi, Cedar Rapids; Jacqueline Williams, Iowa City and DaLayne Williamson, Iowa City.
“The members of the STEM Regional Advisory Boards will serve as boots on the ground and be the most entrenched members of the STEM initiative in their region of the Iowa,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “I am confident that the appointees will provide leadership and assistance in launching the STEM initiative into every school in the state.”
There are six regional network hubs for the state. In May, the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College were jointly named as the Southeast Iowa hub. Each STEM network hub will work with business, education institutions, nonprofit groups and others in their region in a way that best fits local needs, interests and resources.
The six regional boards are in congruence with the signing of Senate File 2321, Section 12. Members will serve at the pleasure of the governor. Each board will have a maximum of 15 members.