October 6, 2021 – Students across the country who have the potential to develop into the next world-changing science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) professionals are often limited by access to resources, knowledge, and consistent support. Recently, Shelton State and the nonprofit Base 11 launched a partnership that will enhance students’ access, awareness, and belief required to become the next generation of STEM leaders.
Both Shelton State Collegiate 100 and Base 11 will work to advance the Next Frontier Initiative, a bold plan to accelerate 100,000 students, early-career adults, and entrepreneurs on their pathway to highly compensated STEM careers in the fastest-growing, technology-driven industry segments over the next 10 years.
“Our partnership with Base 11 will not only expose our Collegiate 100 students to the various STEM-related industries, but it will also offer a perfect opportunity to connect them in the community with the resources necessary for gainful employment in these fields,” said Collegiate 100 Sponsor, Eric Prewitt.
Students will have exclusive access to Innovation Challenges and job/internship opportunities from the top companies in STEM, as well career development resources, including mentorship from a diverse group of STEM professionals. All offerings are conveniently accessible through a mobile and desktop app, Base 11 Digital.
Amongst the programs offered is the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program, designed to provide candidates with the training, guidance, and professional mentorship they need to become STEM leaders who are positioned to serve as game changers in the fields of industry, science, medicine, and law. This program is a part of a larger initiative called The Parity Project, started by Base 11 and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, also known as The Boulé, which is the world’s oldest African American professional fraternity. The Parity Project aims to achieve parity for African Americans in the next 10 years by producing 21st-century leaders, from the classroom to the boardroom.
Base 11 is a nonprofit workforce development accelerator focused on solving the STEM talent pipeline crisis being fueled by the underrepresentation of women and minorities. Base 11 facilitates partnerships with industry, academia, and philanthropy, which deliver to employers a pre-recruitment pipeline of well-trained, highly skilled STEM talent. Through Next Frontier programs, facilities, and events, Base 11 and its partners set students — and those returning to the workforce — on direct pathways to four-year STEM degrees, well-paid STEM jobs, and the opportunity to launch their own STEM-related business. For more information, please visit www.Base11.com. Base 11 is a DBA of the Center for Innovations in Education, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 – IRS exemption EIN# 26-4365936.
A vital member of the Alabama Community College System, Shelton State Community College is committed to creating new opportunities for West Alabama. “With a renewed focus on meeting the needs of its customers, the College offers innovative solutions and an enhanced approach to customized education, training, and community impact,” states President Brad Newman. “Collectively, we will be excellent in each!”
Be part of the new vision for our shared community. Visit sheltonstate.edu to learn more or apply.