Tag Archives: STEMconnector Association

Arizona School Choice Trust

Avnet Recognized for Diversity Leadership in STEM

Beth_McMullenAvnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, announced today that Beth McMullen, vice president of IT for Avnet, Inc., was selected as one of STEMconnector® 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM. McMullen was honored in the STEMconnector® publication featuring top executives who have demonstrated a commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and diversity initiatives and are making a difference with these efforts. In the publication, McMullen shares her opinions on workforce diversity, the importance of STEM education and what it takes to be a leader in these areas.

“Avnet is committed to investing in improving education and helping underserved groups obtain the skills and services they need to be successful in the technology workforce,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president and CIO of Avnet, Inc. “Beth embodies this commitment and is a role model for anyone considering a STEM-related career. This recognition celebrates Beth’s dedication to providing the leadership and nurturing needed to truly make a positive difference in the lives of the next generation of business leaders.”

McMullen, a 20-year technology industry veteran, was promoted to her current position in July and leads IT strategy for Avnet’s logistics business globally. Throughout her career, McMullen has actively encouraged and fostered diversity in STEM-related careers. For example, she is a member of the Avnet Executive Women’s Forum leadership team. This group provides mentoring, networking opportunities and leadership development for Avnet’s female executives. McMullen is also a board member for Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), a workforce development organization. Previously, McMullen was a member of both the Information Technology Advisory Board for the State of Arizona and the Workforce Development Committee at the Arizona Technology Council, a trade association for science and technology companies.

“STEM education has never been more important,” said McMullen. “As technology plays an increasingly critical role for every company, the knowledge and skills acquired through STEM will soon be viewed as foundational – transferrable to any industry and required by all. It has been my privilege to work closely with a wide range of people to help them obtain the education and skills needed to accelerate their professional success and achieve their career dreams.”

The STEMconnector selection process for the 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM included thorough research and outreach to over 100 CEOs for nominations. Information for each nominee was collected in three areas: the executive’s background and career; the company’s STEM position within its industry; and the nominee’s perspective on a variety of issues in the STEM space, including mentoring and diversity.

technical education career training looking at petri dish

Maricopa Community Colleges strengthen STEM educaton

As part of the State’s FY 2015 budget, the Maricopa Community Colleges received $1.4 million to bolster educational efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(STEM) and Workforce areas. This additional funding is the first State appropriation for Maricopa in areas of the STEM and Workforce since 2009.

The criteria used to determine the allocation of the dollars within the Maricopa Colleges was predicated on established programs with strong existing partnerships with business and industry and long-term sustainable employment demand. The $1.4 million will be distributed as
follows:

1. $400,000 to Chandler-Gilbert College for the updating of labs and equipment for its Aviation and Composite Manufacturing Programs.

2. $400,000 to Estrella Mountain College for the expansion of the Energy Program and a new Pathway program (IT Systems).

3. $400,000 to Mesa Community College for the Additive Manufacturing Program and interdisciplinary 3-D Printing Program housed in MCC’s Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

4. $150,000 for recruitment and student support in STEM programs such as STEM Student Scholar Program and the Hermanas Program.

5. $50,000 for development of a STEM master plan for Maricopa Community Colleges and membership to the STEMconnector Association.

“We are grateful to the Governor and the Legislature for making these funds available to Maricopa and for supporting community colleges statewide,” said Chancellor Rufus Glasper. “This additional funding will help our students receive the best possible STEM education and workforce training experience to help prepare them for transfer to baccalaureate granting institutions and/or movement into the workforce. We will continue to work with State officials to ensure that – along with the K-12 and university systems – we can keep Arizona students educated, trained and ready for whatever tasks lie ahead of them.”