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Oklahoma STEM Education Gets a Boost from Local Business Owners

On November 1st, local business owners, managers and professionals will attend a silent auction to benefit Oklahoma Afterschool Network (OKAN). Hosted by Mosaic Personnel on their 15th Anniversary, the auction will provide funding for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs targeting students from pre-K through college.

The declining interest in STEM professions prompted Governor Mary Fallin to form the Governor’s Science and Technology Council, with an overall economic impact goal of over $4 billion by 2020. According to the Council’s study, each year, we are graduating less than 2/3 of the number of STEM professionals necessary to sustain our economy.

“By partnering with Oklahoma Afterschool Network (OKAN), we’re presenting local business owners with a way to help build their future workforce,” says Bobbi Bailey, SVP of Mosaic Personnel. “The current shortage of STEM professionals is only the tip of the iceberg.”

Funded by grants and private donations, OKAN’s mission is to provide Oklahoma students safe, enriching educational opportunities after school and during the summer months. Working with programs across the state, OKAN introduces students to hands-on learning, and connects mentors, volunteers and coaches to programs that need them.

“This is a great opportunity for Oklahoma’s STEM industry leaders to gather around the central cause of revitalizing interest in our professions,” says Bailey. “It’s essential that we do something now to make a difference.”

The Oklahoma Afterschool Network

is a non-profit organization working to ensure that all children and youth in Oklahoma have access to safe, enriching learning opportunities during their out-of-school time. More information about the Oklahoma Afterschool Network is available at www.okafterschool.org.

About Mosaic Personnel

Founded in 1998, Mosaic Personnel has earned a 97.6% repeat business rate, and a solid reputation among Oklahoma City employers and job seekers. By finding and recruiting the most skilled professionals in the metro, Mosaic Personnel helps commercial and government employers grow their companies. They recruit for contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire positions, and focus within these specialty industries: IT, Engineering, Accounting and HR. In addition to their inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list, company president, Pam Fountain-Wilks, was named the 2013 Oklahoma SBA Small Business Person of the Year, and was honored as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by the Journal Record. Mosaic Personnel has been listed on the Metro 50 list of fastest-growing companies six separate times, and was named among Oklahoma’s Great Companies to Work For by Oklahoma Magazine. For more information, please visit www.principaltechnologies.com or call 405-858-8800.

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If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview with Bobbi Bailey, please contact Michelle Hubble at 405-858-8800, ext. 112, or by email at michelle@principaltechnologies.com.

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