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OSF and Starved Rock Country Community Foundation to fund STEAM education for area schools.

OSF HealthCare has partnered with the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation to fund STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education for area schools.

Entering the workforce with STEAM skills prove crucial for today’s employers. At OSF HealthCare, STEAM experience is critical for research and development, creating and adopting innovations and working in technologically challenging roles. In health care, serious skilled workforce shortages are projected over the next decade.

“We’re not only looking to serve our patients, but we’re also looking to serve the community, and our STEAM programming is one of the ways in which we can do that,“ said Noël Adams, director of operations for OSF HealthCare Jump Simulation. “We offer opportunities for students to come in and have some clinical immersions, as well as some skills-based active learning to see if a health care career is right for them.”

The Starved Rock Community Foundation has created a Jump Simulation Center Fund to provide financial assistance to area schools that may be interested in enrolling students into a Jump Simulation STEAM program.

OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa and OSF Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota have provided an initial donation of $5,000 to create the fund.

“We connect people who care with causes that matter to them and provide a vehicle for donors to invest in those causes,” said Pamela Beckett, president of the Community Foundation.

Interested donors may contact Pamela Beckett at the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation at 815-252-2906.  

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