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MiSTEM Regions Around Michigan to Develop Partnerships and Strategic Plans

February 16, 2018

LANSING – Sixteen new regions have been formed around the state to develop community partnerships and strategies that promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers.

Each region is receiving part of nearly $1.3 million in state funding to develop their own strategic plans that create a robust regional STEM culture that empowers STEM educators; integrates business and education into the STEM network; and ensure high-quality STEM experiences for students.

“This is another important step in bringing education and business together to develop world-class talent throughout Michigan,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “This is included in Goal 1 to help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years and vital to our state’s further success.”

The state of Michigan, together with business, education, and community partners, has embarked on a journey to create a MiSTEM Network throughout the state. This opportunity grew out of Governor Rick Snyder’s MiSTEM Advisory Council recommendation to make Michigan a world leader in STEM education.

“The MiSTEM Network journey allows us to redefine how to best meet the educational and career development goals of our students,” said Megan Schrauben, Executive Director of the MiSTEM Network. “The shared leadership and responsibility of the partners engaged in this work will move forward workforce talent development, and significantly contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of our communities.”

The MiSTEM Advisory Council listed four pillars as necessary components to establish a system that will produce STEM-equipped students and educators: create a STEM culture; empower STEM teachers; integrate business and education; and ensure high-quality STEM experiences.

The work of the MiSTEM Network is to build on existing STEM networks to create an ecosystem that supports and implements those components.

“The Governor’s MiSTEM Advisory Council is excited about this next phase of STEM focus by the state,” said Christian Velasquez, Global Strategic Market Director at Dow Corning Corporation and Co-Chair of the MiSTEM Advisory Council. “The MiSTEM regions should allow for more engagement with Michigan’s STEM education process from business, non-profits, out-of-school STEM program providers, higher education, and community partners to help deliver a career ready STEM workforce.”

The MiSTEM Network Plan was submitted by the MiSTEM Network Committee to establish 16 regions encompassing every community in the state.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) collaboratively approved awards to fiscal agents in each of the 16 regions to organize the development of a strategic plan in coordination with the Career and Education Advisory Councils.

These strategic plans are to be completed during the 2017-2018 fiscal year in order to receive funds to implement their plan in upcoming years.

MiSTEM Network Region Allocations

Fiscal Agent

Counties Included in Region

Allocation for 2017-18

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District

Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Iosco, Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw Roscommon, Cheboygan, Otsego, Presque Isle


Copper Country ISD

Baraga, Houghton, Gogebic, Keweenaw and Ontonagon


Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District

Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac


Genesee ISD

Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair


Grand Valley State University

Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, Newaygo, Muskegon, Allegan



Huron ISD

Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac


Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Van Buren


Macomb ISD



Northern Michigan University

Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Iron, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft


Oakland Schools



Saginaw Valley State University

Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw


Shiawassee Regional Education Service District

Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, and Shiawassee


Traverse Bay Area ISD

Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Leelanau


Washtenaw ISD

Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Washtenaw


Wayne RESA



West Shore ESD

Mason, Lake, Oceana, Mecosta, Osceola, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee



Total Grant Funds