STEM Center Initiative


Global competitiveness demands educational excellence, and the National Governors Association decided to address this urgent priority by creating a national STEM grant program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Intel Foundation. Six states won awards to form STEM centers, and Pennsylvania was one of them. As a result of that award, four Pennsylvania state agencies joined with the Commonwealth’s leading public-private economic development foundation to form a new STEM initiative. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the STEM initiative seeks to create and implement programs across the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that provide rigorous STEM-focused educational opportunities and vigorous exploration of STEM career pathways, for all Pennsylvanians.

With such a wide-ranging mandate before it, the STEM Center Initiative’s first priorities were to lay the groundwork for a sustainable organizational structure, form a comprehensive statewide network, define long-term goals and establish a clear program of work for partners. Wendt Partners has been engaged in every aspect of the effort, beginning with organizational strategy and governance design, and continuing through the production of three public policy summits attended by state and national leaders.

In addition, Wendt Partners created a strategic program guide, analyzed gap analysis strategies, and defined the functionality and design for an interactive, web-based research tool to support five STEM regions in their work. Agency and partner network branding, strategic public relations and sustainability planning are also incorporated into the services being deployed. “Wendt Partners has been both comprehensive and strategic in their work with us,” says Matt Zieger of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation. “The deployment of our network has been effective precisely because they have helped us to define a clear strategy and plan for organizational growth. These activities have, over time, added great credibility to the success of our efforts.”


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Wendt Partners is both comprehensive and strategic. We’ve been effective because they have helped us to define a clear strategy for organizational growth, adding great credibility to the success of our efforts.
Matt Zieger, President & CEO, Team Pennsylvania Foundation

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