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Oregon Connections Featured in the Edvocate

Oregon Connections is receiving national attention.  Oregon Connections is Oregon’s custom platform for connecting educators and students to industry professionals, powered by national partner Nepris,


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The Edvocate is the publication of Dr. Matthew Lynch, who is a respected professor, author, advocate and futurist. He is the Dean of the School of Education at Virginia Union University. In addition to publishing The Edvocate blog which is one of the most widely read blogs in education covering higher ed and K12, he writes for Education Week in the blog “Education Futures” and for the Huffington Post and other major outlets.


The article features teachers in the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership, where the online platform was piloted in 2014-15, but thanks to investments from the Oregon Dept of Education and the Office of Community College and Workforce Division within the Higher Ed Coordination Commission, the tool is currently available to all teachers in the state, and through the collaborative efforts of our STEM Hub and Workforce partners, is being piloted with teachers in several regions throughout the state.  Our industry and workforce partners, including Worksystems, Inc, Portland General Electric, Intel, and Garmin, are making considerable efforts to get our state’s industry professionals to register and make themselves available to inspire and engage our next generation of colleagues.


Have you seen Oregon Connections yet?  Industry volunteers and educators are invited to go to to signup.  Questions?  Email us at

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About Heidi DeGarmo, South-Metro Salem STEM Webmaster (137 Articles)
Heidi DeGarmo is a senior at OregonTech majoring in IT-Health Informatics. As a combat veteran it is a passion of hers to pay it forward. The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields.