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Goose Creek High partners with companies for STEM students

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) – STEM Premier has partnered with Goose Creek High School to launch their new platform within the school's STEM Academy.

The program is co-sponsored by ISHPI Inc., a technology company specializing in information and Cyber Dominance and Engineering and Technical Services.

The goal of the launch was to allow STEM Academy students to show off their talents in science, technology, engineering and math, and allow them to get student rankings and ratings, and gain exposure to academic and career opportunities.

The launch was the first of many planned in the state, leaders said.

"Goose Creek High School is emerging as a leader in the development of STEM and CTE education," said STEM Premier Co-Founder Dr. Don Tylinski. "This partnership will give their STEM Academy students the ability to be recognized for their unique talents and expose them to the STEM-related opportunities both locally and nationally."

The program kicked off in late February with high school students creating individual profiles featuring achievements in STEM as well as standardized test scores, experience, videos, course work, earned certifications and more.

Colleges and businesses now have the ability to view those profiles, connect with the students and share opportunities available within their organizations such as scholarships, internships and job openings.

Organizers hope is to keep students interested in STEM and attract others to the fields.

Goose Creek High School Principal Jimmy Huskey views the program as a step in the right direction for his school.

"We have placed a major focus on our STEM and CTE curriculum and facilities to prepare our students for success in a world demanding those skills," Huskey said. "Our partnership with STEM Premier and ISHPI will allow our students to build their personal brand, get their name out there and be recognized for those skills developed at GCHS."

ISHPI leaders say they love the attention schools are putting into STEM programs, saying it opens the door for greater cooperation between schools and the business sector as students learn and advance.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Goose Creek High School and STEM Premier," said Noah Leask, ISHPI Chairman and CEO.  "As a company that relies on STEM talent for growth and innovation, we recognize the need for corporations like us to play a larger role in K-12 education.  We are proud to be stepping up to the challenge."

For months, STEM Premier has been collaborating with local schools and businesses to encourage STEM in the region. 

In August, STEM Premier partnered with the EDGE Academies, a pilot program that creates career-based schools within high schools. Locally, the program is part of a push by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Goose Creek High School is one of five schools in the Lowcountry included in the pilot program.

Other organizations such as the Charleston Digital Corridor, Charleston Regional Development Alliance and SCRA Technology Ventures' SC Launch are contributing the growth in STEM programs.

"We believe STEM Premier is a valuable tool that enables students to identify, sharpen and showcase their STEM capabilities all while organizations are getting a wide-angle view of the future talent pool available to them," said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. "The implications for Charleston and the state as a whole are apparent: regional STEM talent can now be identified, employed and retained by regional schools and businesses to drive innovation and economic growth in South Carolina."

STEM Premier is a Charleston based company focused on connecting STEM talent with higher education and industry. For more information, go to www.stempremier.com. 

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