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AZAdvances talent receives grant to support STEM workforce opportunities

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Senator Sinema supports efforts of AZAdvances STEM pursuit

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The STEM Talent Pipeline, a program from the We Work For Health organization, provided an educational grant of $10,000 to the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation to support the AZAdvances Talent program.

Designed to support of the development of the next generation of bioscience and healthcare leaders, AZAdvances Talent has three components: Connections, Internships, and Scholarships.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s staff joined AZBio, OTEF, and AZAdvances Talent participants over Zoom to announce the grant.

The STEM Talent Pipeline worked with AZAdvances Talent to bring this vital funding to local students. AZAdvances Talent programs are designed to help talented Arizona students explore and prepare for careers in the life science and healthcare sectors.

“We’re building the STEM workforce of the future by expanding learning opportunities to all Arizona students,” said Arizona Sen. Sinema in as prepared statement. “Today’s grant from the STEM Talent Pipeline boosts AZAdvances Talent program to empower the innovators and problems solvers of the future with the skills and experience they need to thrive.”

Joan Koerber-Walker, chairman of the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation, says the grant will help create more opportunities for existing and future interns.

“We are thankful to We Work for Health for their support of this important program,” she said. “This funding creates an opportunity for more two student interns to explore future careers in the life sciences as they work side by side with Arizona entrepreneurs.”

Senator Sinema supports efforts of AZAdvances STEM pursuit

Dylan Peay, a doctoral student at Arizona State University has been working with OTEF and the Arizona Bioindustry Association to expand the AZAdvances Talent program and ensure that the high school and university students in the program get a valuable learning experience.

“Throughout my academic career, internships allowed me to explore all of the different pathways open to me,” Mr. Peay said. “Upon completing my PhD, I am looking forward to working full-time with our life science companies and our students to develop experiences that will create opportunities for them like my internships have for me.”

The STEM Talent Pipeline program was created to support existing and developing STEM initiatives nationwide.

Investing in STEM education is crucial to developing the next generation of STEM professionals and We Work for Health is proud to support AZAdvances Talent and their commitment to offering students these lifechanging opportunities.

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