The Endeavour Institute has received a $50,000 planning grant to form a Central Coast alliance to boost science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM education.

The grant came from the California STEM Learning Network.

The Central Coast STEM Collaborative will include Cal Poly, UCSB, San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, Hancock College, Santa Barbara County Office of Education, and others.

“The work carried out by the Central Coast STEM Collaborative will be essential in preparing students to meet our state’s expected demand for an additional 1 million STEM-training workers,” said Chris Roe, CEO of the California STEM Learning Network.

The participants are a network of families, educators, business professionals, colleges and universities invested in STEM education to ensure children pursue high-tech careers, officials said.

The Santa Maria Valley-based Endeavour Institute, which formed more than 20 years ago, is a nonprofit organization focused on improving STEM education on the Central Coast.

The planning grant begins in June and individuals or organizations interested in participating should contact Steve Kliewer, Endeavour Institute director, at 804-2245.

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