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Cedarville Joins Dayton STEM Workforce Program

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by Logan Tolsma, Public Relations Intern

Dr. Tim Norman and biomedical engineering studentCedarville University has become an education partner with a local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative working to train and retain technical talent in the Dayton, Ohio, area.

Cedarville joined the Dayton STEM Workforce Program (DWSP) on December 10.

The DSWP is a coalition of higher education and business partners working together to provide scholarships for local STEM students at southwest Ohio universities. Through the DWSP’s angel initiative, local STEM college students are linked with area business partners for internships and interviews for employment after graduation.

In addition to Cedarville, the University of Dayton, Wright State University and Miami University are part of the DSWP program. Business partners include Reynolds and Reynolds, Speedway and Premier Health, among others.

— Ron Adler

DWSP also works with Dayton-area high schools to identify students with a high level of interest in STEM careers and arranges tours for these prospective high-tech college students to visit business partners.

“All of us are excited about our new partnership with Cedarville University. They are an outstanding university,” said Ron Adler, DWSP vice president. “Many of our important Dayton business partners have commented that some of their best employees were educated at Cedarville University. We look forward to making our scholarships available to Cedarville students and help connect them to our many business partners for internships and employment in the Dayton community.”

Currently, DWSP primarily supports students in STEM fields, but also those majoring in business, finance, graphic design and marketing.

“It's great for Cedarville to be a part of this program with other great schools and other organizations that we already work with,” noted Jeff Reep, Cedarville’s director of career services. “We are very impressed with the quality of the organizations involved.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.