Members of the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Team with Senator Sherrod Brown on Thursday, April 19, 2012, during the NAPE Professional Development Institute in Washington, DC

Facilitator: Ben Williams, NAPE Director of Special Projects


The Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline started in 2009 with funding from the National Science Foundation. From 2011 to 2015, the work was expanded to 17 additional projects with funding from the Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education, in partnership with NAPE and Columbus State Community College.

Fourteen teams of secondary CTE educators and their business and industry partners have received PIPE-STEM professional development.  Each team is now implementing research- and evidence-based strategies to increase participation, persistence,  and completion of diverse students in nontraditional CTE programs.

Three teams of teachers and counselors have received Micromessaging professional development and are now implementing strategies to increase the success of diverse females and underrepresented males in the STEM classroom.

Finally, in spring 2015 more than 120 counselors will receive and be trained in the use of Counselor Toolkits to provide relevant and useful information to middle school and high school students on opportunities through nontraditional and STEM careers.

More is planned for 2015 and beyond!

Upcoming Events

July 29, 2015 (12:30 to 3 pm): Ohio ACTE Post-Conference Workshop,  The Fifth Annual Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Workshop (handout)

July 29, 2015: Ohio ACTE Conference Session, School Counselor Toolkits for STEM and Nontraditional CTE:  A State-wide Equity Initiative (handout)

Current Sites Implementing PIPE-STEM

FY2015 Sites (April 2014-Present)

  • Canton Local CTPD (Canton South High School), with partner Stark State College
  • Hamilton City CTPD (Hamilton High School), with partner Sinclair Community College Tech Prep
  • Auburn Career Center, with partner Lakeland Community College

FY2014 Sites (August 2013-Present)

  • Meigs CTPD (Meigs High School), with partners  Rio Grande Community College and Meigs County Chamber of Commerce
  • Morgan Local Schools, with partner Washington State Community College
  • Sandusky CTPD (Sandusky High School), with partner Terra State Community College

FY2013 Sites (March 2012-Present)

  • Lancaster City Schools, with partners Central Ohio Technical College  and Hocking College
  • Oregon City Schools, with partners Oregon City Schools and Owens Community College
  • Vantage Career Center, with partners North West State Community College and Van Wert YWCA
  • Washington Local Schools, with partners Washington Junior High School, Whitmer Career and Technical Center, Owens Community College, University of Toledo College of Engineering, and BioOhio

FY2012 Sites (September 2011-Present)

  • Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, with partners  Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Cleveland State University
  • Mansfield Senior High School, with partners  North Central College, Gorman Rupp
  • Maplewood Career Center, with partners Garfield High School, Field Local Schools, Stark State College, and Cleveland Plug & Die
  • Scioto County Career & Technical Center (SCCTC), Lucasville, Ohio with partners  Local Middle School and High School, Southern State Community College, and Business and Industry

Current Sites Implementing Micromessaging

  • Reynoldsburg City Schools: Baldwin Road Middle School, eSTEM Academy, and HS2 Academy; and Eastland-Fairfield Career Center
  • Sandusky High School Career-Technical Programs


More on the STEM Equity Pipeline and its outcomes can be found in STEM Models of Success:  Programs, Policies, and Practices in the Community College.  See Ben Williams’ chapter on “Using Research- and Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Access and Gender Equity in STEM: The STEM Equity Pipeline Project.”



nsf1 high resThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0734056 and Grant No. HRD 1203121. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.