DOW , JA team up on STEM education

By Amy Cherry 6:18pm, April 15, 2014 - Updated 6:21pm, April 15, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
DOW makes a major, long-term investment in science, technology, engineering and math education with Junior Achievement (JA).

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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$150,000 over three years--that's how much DOW Chemical will invest in the "JA It's My Future" program.

"Volunteers that will go into the school and talk about STEM careers and teach the curriculum," said Jason Galinski, manufacturing leader with DOW.

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The need for well-trained STEM employees is high. Statistics show for every unemployed Delawarean there are four STEM-related jobs available.

Galinski says his volunteers will shape and mold young minds in hopes of hiring these kids some day.

"Manufacturing is a STEM-based career. It might not be chemistry or it might not physics, which when people sometimes hear STEM they get scared of that science part of it, but really it can cover anything in manufacturing," said Galinski.

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3,500 middle school students will benefit next fall from the STEM program that's being facilitated by Junior Achievement and the Delaware STEM Council.

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