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Northwest Iowa STEM Region

Greatness STEMS from Iowans

What is STEM?

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are vital for all people living in today’s technological world. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are part of your world whether you’re managing the complex STEM-based decisions of daily life or pursuing STEM careers!

Iowa's STEM Initiative

In July 2011, Governor Branstad signed Executive Order 74, creating the Iowa Governor’s Advisory Council. The Council is dedicated to growing Iowa’s economy by preparing students for 21st century skills by providing STEM educational programming for every learner and creating opportunities to peak STEM interest and engagement. Comprised of business and industry leaders, educators, and policy makers from across the state, the council focuses on creating partnerships that foster STEM education for students in PreK-12th grade. The council is co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson. 

Through a competitive application process, Iowa Lakes Community College was designated as the hub of the Northwest Iowa Region. Each region is charged with promoting and implementing quality STEM programming throughout the state.

Northwest Iowa STEM Region

Northwest Iowa STEM Map
Map is based on school district

Mary Trent
Mary Trent

Northwest Regional STEM Manager

Janet Leifeld
Janet Leifeld
NW Iowa Regional STEM Support

Iowa Lakes Community College
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, IA  51334


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