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Illinois Science and Technology Institute Announces Partner Schools for R&D STEM Learning Exchange at Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting

June 13, 2013 | Press Releases

Pilot high schools will participate during 2013-2014 school year

Chicago, IL (June 13, 2013) – At the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting today in Chicago, the Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) announced the partner high schools that will pilot the tools of the R&D (Research & Development) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Learning Exchange during the 2013-2014 school year. The announcement is part of the ISTI’s Commitment to Action for the implementation of the R&D STEM Learning Exchange, a public-private partnership to advance college and career readiness that includes the involvement of nearly 50 cross-sector organizations, including Motorola Solutions, Northrop Grumman Corporation and the state’s leading universities.

The partner high schools include: Chicago Vocational Career Academy, Hinsdale Central High School, Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, Lane Tech High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Muchin College Prep, Niles North High School, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Palatine High School, Peoria High Schools, Thornton Township High School, Waukegan High School and Wheeling High School.

The R&D STEM Learning Exchange is part of Illinois Pathways, a $10.3 million initiative launched last year by Governor Quinn to better prepare students to compete in the global economy. Initially funded through federal Race to the Top (RTTT) funds, which leveraged significant private investment, the STEM Learning Exchanges are designed to coordinate investments, resources and planning for programs that empower youth and adults to explore academic and career interests in STEM fields.

In its pilot year, the R&D STEM Learning Exchange aims to impact more than 250 students and 20 high schools teachers through three key initiatives. Students will engage in industry-sponsored challenges which enable real-world research experiences. The Exchange will also implement a virtual mentor matching program for students to engage with an industry or university mentor around an authentic research experience. Schools will connect with local programs and resources enabling greater impact of existing STEM learning tools.

A 2011 report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that Illinois will have an estimated 319,000 STEM-related job openings by 2018. About 93 percent of those jobs will require post-secondary education or training.

“The goal of the R&D STEM Learning Exchange is to better connect students to careers in STEM fields to help address talent pipeline needs in critical industry sectors. We look forward to working together with these initial partner high schools and our strong public-private coalition members to enhance learning opportunities that will boost our state’s competitiveness,” said Mark Harris, president & CEO of the ISTI, an affiliate of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

For more information about the R&D STEM Learning Exchange, visit To learn more about Illinois Pathways, visit:


About ISTI
The Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) is a 501(c)(3) organization established by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) in 2011 that advances partnerships between the private sector, research universities and the State of Illinois. Through targeted initiatives, ISTI develops and sustains relationships with partner organizations for grant support and programming that provides funds and opportunities to advance scientific understanding and technological innovation in Illinois.

About CGI America
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 200 commitments valued at $13.4 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit

CGI also convenes an Annual Meeting, which brings together global leaders to take action and create positive social change, CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at