STEM Success: Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams

A Michigan high school student dreams of a future designing the next generation of technology. Another has her heart set on a lifetime of discovery, probing the unsolved mysteries of chemistry. Both are talented; both are ambitious; both score well on their college entrance exams. But, due to the quality of their high school math and science preparation, they struggle in their first year of college to compete in these areas. This struggle to keep pace can cause them to abandon their career goals entirely.

“Employers and educators agree that preparing students to be leaders in science and technology is a priority,” said Mike Whiting, Jr., president of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. “It’s an economic imperative to strengthen and expand STEM education for students in Michigan.”