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STEM education may start in the classroom, but leading companies are paving a new path for learners to inspire them toward education and a career in a STEM field.  It's about building partnerships – real, sustainable, meaningful partnerships between business and education. Michigan’s future success depends on businesses and all education providers working together to ensure a stronger future for us all.

Here are examples of business and education partnerships going on in our community. These high-quality STEM experiences have the potential to inspire learners toward education and a career in a STEM field.  This is just a small sample of the many things available - more coming soon!

Homegrown Beacon Recycling

Elementary classrooms in Grand Haven Area Public Schools partner with local business to solve actual design challenges. Read more >>

Allegan Area STEM Partnership

The Allegan Area STEM Partnership (AASP) builds STEM awareness for high demand careers and effective STEM programming.  Read more >>


Kelloggsville’s work-based learning program provides on-the-job training for students with local businesses. Read more >>

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Business and Education Partnerships

Type of Partnership

Examples of Activities

STEM Resource

STEM resources are helpful to schools and classrooms and are used to support high quality STEM education.

Example activities:

  • Financial resources – funds, grant opportunities, or sponsorships
  • Assist with collective grant writing to STEM based organizations
  • Donate material and equipment  - new or retired

STEM Supporter

Build community awareness and excitement in STEM education to build and deliver a consistent message about the value of STEM.

Example activities:

  • Provide commentaries to media sources
  • Create and distribute testimonials and letters to school boards, government, and community organizations
  • Assist with visibility and communication at community events to share excitement of STEM
  • Participate in local MiSTEM summits

STEM Professional

Help students and teachers connect STEM knowledge and skills to STEM careers.

Example activities:

  • Provide student internships (exploration of career opportunities)
  • Engage and offer teacher externships (experience real-world application of STEM content)
  • Provide and engage in mentorship opportunities (providing guidance for future courses and careers)
  • Be a source of expertise for professional development for teachers and administrators
  • Participate in career fairs/days, science fairs, engagement in classroom projects/discussions
  • Offer job shadow opportunities
  • Host or present at local MiSTEM summits


Roadmap to Results: A Framework for Selecting and Executing STEM Talent Solutions

This report sets out to answer some of the practical questions around how employers can approach choosing and executing solutions to address the STEM talent crisis, both for their own talent needs and for society at large. This paper builds on two prior pieces, State of STEM: Defining the Landscape to Determine High-Impact Pathways for the Future Workforce and Input to Impact: A Framework for Measuring Success Across the STEM Ecosystem. Unlike those pieces, Roadmap to Results is written to be most applicable to an employer audience, though it has implications for how employers partner with others across sectors to implement solutions.

Read the full report here

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Talent Pipeline Management

TPM RESOURCE GUIDE: A Compendium for High-Quality CTE

Created with the support of Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) practitioners and CTE state directors from across the country, these new resources are designed to meet the unique needs of CTE leaders and their employer partners. Using an action-oriented framework, the Resource Guide provides recommendations and concrete steps for CTE practitioners and employers to collaborate with one another and improve their offerings to students and workers.

Read the full report here. 


Closing the gap between the soft skills employers require in their workforce and those that students leave school with is essential. This can and should be achieved through collaboration between business and education at the local level. Bridging the Soft Skills Gap makes the case for partnerships between the business and education sectors and outlines strategies already being used successfully across the country.

Read the full report here

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and typically earn a certification or credential at the completion of their apprenticeship program.

Pure Michigan      U.S. Department of Labor     


Find more resources on Apprenticeships here

employer benefits to apprenticeships

Employer Benefits to Apprenticeships

West Michigan Works

West Michigan Works! Apprenticeship Development

Apprenticeship development through West Michigan Works! can help you reduce turnover, increase productivity and improve the bottom line. We make it easy for employers to provide a registered apprenticeship program by doing all the background work to get the occupation approved, collaborating with local community colleges and training providers to develop classroom curriculum, and registering your apprentices with the U.S. Department of Labor. As the employer, you still have full control over your company’s program and will supervise and mentor your apprentices.

Click here to learn about West Michigan Works! Apprenticeship Development

Connecting the Classroom to Careers

CTE Work base Learning

Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary, and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices, and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce. Learn more by visiting

Work-based learning is an educational strategy that offers students an opportunity to reinforce and deepen their classroom learning, explore future career fields, and demonstrate their skills in an authentic setting. You can view the full Work-based learning guide here

Interested in getting involved with CTE? You can access the CTE Cheat Sheet: Opportunities for Employer Involvement in CTE here. 


Going Pro

To elevate the perception of professional trades and showcase the opportunities in a variety of rewarding careers, Going PRO in Michigan was created. For generations, these types of careers have been treated as inferior.  

Click here for Going Pro training opportunities

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The Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT²) is an innovative, industry-driven approach to education. Developed in conjunction with global industry technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce, MAT² addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing and technology industries: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. This is an apprenticeship program where students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences for them to become a successful and productive member of the skilled workforce.

Learn more about The Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program here. 

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