STEM BEST Program Offers Network Supports

Central Community School students take part in Clayton County STEM BEST Program.
Central Community School will expand their Clayton County STEM BEST Program by adding a plasma table to allow another service for local businesses while introducing marketable job skills to students.
Career-Linked Learning (CLL) inspires passion in students to pursue high demand, high impact and high reward careers. Learning linked to fulfilling jobs through authentic experiences is what the STEM BEST Program provides more than 80 partners in Iowa schools.
Establishing and growing a STEM BEST Program involves collaboration with educators, school districts, administrators and partners in business and industry. For most STEM BEST Program partners, the impact is far reaching and can span multiple communities.
The STEM Council has many supports in place to assist STEM BEST Program partners in their CLL journey.
  • Enhancement Award – This opportunity is available to previously awarded STEM BEST Programs to enrich or expand upon their current program. Eleven STEM BEST Programs received this award to date, including Boone Community School District, Central Community School, Clear Lake Community School District, Davenport West High School, IKM-Manning High School, IKM-Manning Middle School, Lewis Central Middle School, Okoboji Middle School, Stanton Community School District, Waterloo Community School District and Woodbine Community School District.
  • STEM BEST Mentors – These individuals have proven successful in forming school-business partnerships that make up the STEM BEST Program and are available to advise and coach STEM BEST Program applicants.
  • STEM BEST Program Idea Incubator Series – A five-part webinar series available to STEM BEST Program partners to share best practices, encourage innovation, networking and more.
  • License Renewal Credit – License renewal credit is offered for STEM BEST Program educators through events throughout the year.
  • Connections to Community Partners and Resources
  • Program Evaluation Data
Ongoing, additional support is provided throughout the year through STEM BEST Program Coordinator Tanya Hunt. For more information about the STEM BEST Program, visit
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