T3: Teach. Talent. Thrive. has gone full STEAM ahead. The effort launched almost two years ago to help Greater Lansing become the exemplary STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) region in America has made significant progress since its inauguration.
To kick off its efforts in early 2016, T3 partnered with Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan and school districts throughout Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties to host the first Career Challenge Day. On Thursday, January 28, 2016, 100 professionals spoke in 100 pre-K-12 classrooms throughout Greater Lansing.
T3’s goal for Career Challenge Day was to help Greater Lansing’s students gain exposure to local jobs and professionals, and learn about the STEAM skills they use daily. Career Challenge Day is worked with the Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency, Eaton Regional Education Service Agency and Ingham Intermediate School District to place professionals into classrooms community-wide.
Career Challenge Day was the first step for T3 in helping connect regional education assets to support talent development. Since then, T3 has focused on:
• Supporting a system in which pre-K-12 education is the career exploration place for all students and they all have the opportunity to excel in STEAM education.
• Creating an environment where all capital area learners are college- and career-ready and willing to invest in the necessary lifelong training and knowledge to assist them.
• Supporting non-traditional approaches to learning including apprenticeships, internships, mentoring, job shadows, competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences to support student exploration in and out of the classroom.
• Supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and seeking broad community understanding of new economy jobs and the local businesses growing these industries, including healthcare, insurance, finance, advanced manufacturing and emerging technologies.
T3 is hoping that the next two years include growth in the awareness of STEAM education and careers in the Greater Lansing area.