A local school district is working to open up its students to more opportunities to explore post graduation.
The Owego Apalachin Central School District is working with community partners to become a STEAM Town District.
STEAM is problem-based learning with a curriculum that focuses on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Agriculture and math.
The districts involved develop partnerships with community organizations and businesses that inform students about career options in those fields.
Superintendent Corey Green says by working with the community, school districts create so many more opportunities for students. “School districts can no longer work an isolation. We got to be able to work with our local community stakeholders, our economic development folks. So that we we all have an important part of making our economies evolve here locally and be successful.”
Green says across the area there is a shortage of qualified employees to fill positions in STEAM fields.
He says that’s a reason why they’ve been incorporating more and more STEAM based programs in the schools the last few years.
Some of the community partners include Lockheed Martin. Guthrie Health Care and TechTrep.