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PAID ADVERTISEMENT Steelmaker sends ‘powerful signal’ with investment in STEM education science labs, planetarium shows and a new “STEM on the Go!” mobile program that brings Challenger Learning Center programs and resources out into the community. In a global economy that’s far different today than in past generations, STEMtrained students are the “workforce of the future” that the region needs for a thriving quality of life, said Heather Ennis, president and CEO of Northwest Indiana Forum, the region’s economic development agency. Simulated space missions conducted at the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana are ‘not something that you can replicate in the classroom,’ said Lara Bates, executive director. ‘We rely heavily on our local supporters and ArcelorMittal is definitely a huge proponent of ours. We’re able to grow because of our support from ArcelorMittal.” (photo courtesy of Challenger Learning Center) After flying a simulated mission to Mars last fall at Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, more than 98 percent of the students said they had fun and rated it a great experience. Learning Center are so important. They expose students to the kind of inventive thinking that’s a prerequisite for work in robotics, computer science, aeronautics and other STEM fields. More importantly, 77 percent of the students said the journey increased their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. That means about eight out of every 10 students who visit the non-profit educational facility in Hammond, Ind. are more likely to explore STEM opportunities while they’re in school. And eight out of every 10 are more likely to pursue STEM careers when they’re done with school. “That’s huge if over 75 percent of the kids that come through increase their interest in learning more about STEM,” said Lara Bates, executive director of Challenger Learning Center. “What we’re offering isn’t what is normally in the classroom. It’s real-world scenarios that the students are going through.” The future depends on developing inquiring and curious minds that are capable of solving the biggest challenges of the 21st century, and there’s currently a shortage of STEM professionals capable of doing that. That’s why programs such as the Mars Expedition at Challenger “As economic developers, whenever we go out and meet with companies and talk to them about locating here, talent is a critical component to that conversation. We want to grow talent here, we want to attract talent here, and we want to foster partnerships between business and education.” One of five pillars undergirding the forum’s new “Ignite the Region” strategic plan relates to talent because, as Ennis says, you can’t develop and sustain great businesses if you can’t develop great talent to drive those businesses forward. “We know our company needs and depends on the next generation of STEM professionals, but we also are very aware of the fact that society needs this in general,” said Beth Spurgeon, head of corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal Americas. “We’ve seen how important these employees are to help us drive product innovations that lead our company and our greater world to a more sustainable future.” Developing a pipeline of talented scientists and engineers is one of 10 sustainable development outcomes that ArcelorMittal is striving to achieve. The steelmaker last year invested nearly $900,000 in tuition reimbursement and more than 800,000 training hours in its U.S. employees. Plus, the company committed $3 million to support STEM programming such as Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, Project Lead The Way and other quality educational opportunities. With a large presence in northwest Indiana, ArcelorMittal is a key supporter of STEM-related education both in the region and across the country. The company’s support of Challenger Learning Center enables more students from more schools – including many from underprivileged areas that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity – to take field trips for simulated space missions. The company also supports the center’s “Companies like ArcelorMittal play a critical role in providing this opportunity and access to students around the country,” said Vince Bertram, chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way, a nonprofit that brings transformative STEM experiences into about 11,500 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. ArcelorMittal has invested more than $1 million since 2015 in Project Lead The Way to train teachers in the organization’s groundbreaking curriculum. Students in Project Lead The Way apply STEM principles to real-world problems by creating computer programs, designing affordable housing units, building robotic arms and more. Whatever the task, Project Lead The Way is really about building skills in problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration as much as anything. It’s the same set of skills that STEM professionals at ArcelorMittal use to develop better grades of steel that are stronger, safer, lighter and better for the environment. “It’s not about teaching a job. It’s about developing underlying skills,” Bertram said. “Those are the kind of skills that colleges, universities and employers are looking for.” “I’ve never had an employer say to me, ‘Only if our students would have scored better on Algebra II, they would have been better employees.’ No one ever says that. It’s not about doing better on a test. It’s about developing the skills that will lead to enduring careers.” Funding from ArcelorMittal provides grants for more schools in northwest Indiana and around the country to offer STEM learning opportunities through Project Lead The Way. (Photo courtesy of Project Lead The Way) Funding from ArcelorMittal provides grants for more schools in northwest Indiana and around the country to offer STEM learning opportunities through Project Lead The Way. (Photo courtesy of Project Lead The Way) I am redefining steel today by engaging with the workforce of tomorrow. R.D. Parpart R e c r u it e r We are redefining steel. We are ArcelorMittal. Everything would be very different without ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company. Our mission is to create safe, sustainable steel for years to come. As part of that mission for a brighter future, we engage locally to inspire the workforce of tomorrow. ArcelorMittal is redefining steel by forging ahead as active, welcomed members of the community.