What is PVSTEMNET? The Pioneer Valley Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (PV STEMNET) is based in the Pioneer Valley, the three Western Massachusetts counties along the Connecticut River and I-91. It was established in 2004 to enable area businesses, institutions of higher education, local school districts, regional workforce development professionals, community based organizations and various municipal or civic leaders to increase the number of area students who participate in career-related programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), while also increasing the number of qualified STEM teachers and improving educational offerings in area schools. The Network is funded through the Department of Higher Education Pipeline Fund. There are nine regional networks spanning the state, including PVSTEMNET.
Restructuring In 2011, the Network was restructured to meet the changes outlined in A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts Plan for Excellence in STEM Education Massachusetts Theory-of-Action for STEM education and workforce development represents a new approach to address the need for whole-system transformation beginning in pre-Kindergarten and continuing through post-secondary programs leading to STEM careers. In the new PV STEMNET governance model, the general structure consist of 3 units: the Network, an Executive Committee, and a Steering Committee. The Network is an open membership organization meeting once or twice a year. The Executive Committee is the primary governing body and will meet four times a year, and the Steering Committee is a representative group of the Executive Committee, meeting as needed.