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What is STEM?


Scale-Up Programs

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are vital for all people living in today’s technological world. Whether managing the complex STEM-based decisions of daily life or pursuing STEM careers—science, technology, engineering and math are a part of your world!  

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has identified “Student Interest and Achievement” in STEM as its top priority. Ten STEM programs with a proven track record have been selected for “scale-up” across the state.  

Funding is available to bring programming free of charge to teachers, community leaders, STEM business partners and non-profits with an interest in promoting and implementing these 10 STEM Scale-Up programs.

Please contact the NW Regional Manager, Molly Faber if you are interested in joining Iowa’s statewide work in STEM programming.


Iowa's STEM Initiative


STEM Partner

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the springboards to innovative problem-solving and discovery. Iowa is committed to growing the best STEM educational programming for every learner. 

In July 2011, Executive Order 74 created the Governor’s Advisory Council as a partnership of business, policy and education leaders from across the state.  The council is co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa’s President Benjamin Allen.  

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


STEM is a partner with the Iowa Workforce Development offices across Iowa.  STEM supports the National Career Readiness Certificate testing program.

Locations in NW include:
Sioux City:

Find a location near you to complete your National Career Readiness Certificate testing Program




Molly E. Faber

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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