The Louisiana Regional STEM Network is a system of STEM leadership entities strategically positioned across Louisiana, similar to the Regional Labor Market Areas (RLMAs) identified by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, whereby communities, parishes, multi-parish regions, and the State can achieve improved access to STEM education, participation, and advancement. This includes closing the opportunity gap for underrepresented and underserved populations to engage in Louisiana’s STEM workforce and economy. Existing and developing STEM activities will often span one or more STEM Regions. Regions will share information, work together, and be interconnected by coordination of resources which can also provide a gateway to other networks and initiatives. The Regional STEM Networks and Centers are connected with and serve the statewide LaSTEM Advisory Council.
REGIONAL STEM NETWORK FUNDING:
The Louisiana Legislature appropriated $1 million to advance regional STEM efforts throughout Louisiana. The nine Regional STEM Network Centers (RSNCs) were part of a competitive application process that began in March of 2020. These funds covered first-year associated costs towards the creation and implementation of the RSNCs and Directors throughout Louisiana. Each region has a designated RSNC which was awarded $100,000 for the first year. These funds were provided to the RSNCs to cover the salary, benefits, and associated operating costs for the Regional STEM Director and Center within each region. The remaining funds were budgeted towards raising awareness, providing support & training, and providing needed resources associated with the implementation and operation of the statewide regional STEM network.
For the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the Louisiana Legislature appropriated $2 million. Each Regional STEM Center was awarded $170,000 to cover the salary, benefits, and associated operating costs for the Regional STEM Director and Center within each region.
Regional STEM Network Centers
|Region||Awarding Institution||Center Name||Center Director|
|1||GNO, Inc.||Greater New Orleans Development Foundation/GNO, Inc. STEM Center||Daphine Barnesemail@example.com|
|2||Louisiana State University||Capital Area STEM||Kim Fosseyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3||Fletcher Technical Community College||Bayou STEM||Christie Landry (Interim)||bayouSTEM@Fletcher.edu|
|4||University of Louisiana at Lafayette||UL Lafayette STEM Center||Peter Sheppard (Interim)||email@example.com|
|5||Calcasieu Parish School Board||Calcasieu Parish School Board (in partnership with McNeese University) STEM Center||Mark Arseneaultfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|6||Northwestern State University||Northwestern State University STEM Center||Jennifer DePriestemail@example.com|
|7||Sci-Port Discovery Center||NWLA LaSTEM Innovation Center||Beonica Frazier||Bfrazier@sciport.org|
|8||Louisiana Tech University||STEM Collective for Innovative Louisiana Stakeholders (SCILS)||Cathi Cox-Boniol (Interim)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|9||Southeastern University||Northshore Regional STEM Center||Wendy Conarroemail@example.com|