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stemCONNECT: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Workforce


Since inception, the Florida High Tech Corridor’s mission has been to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.  Our mission remains unchanged, but the evolution of technology has enabled Corridor programs to transform in ways we could not have imagined more than 20 years ago, specifically stemCONNECT.

We have found that The Corridor’s stemCONNECT program truly does make the connection between academia and private industry by bringing together classrooms and experts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for engaging presentations.

With the recent integration of video conferencing tools, we are realizing the potential of stemCONNECT virtual sessions to impact thousands of students across the region.  Moving forward, The Corridor will focus on development of this program and we have established “stemCONNECT” as the new identity for our workforce initiatives and retire techPATH.


Through the years, Jeff Bindell and Vicki Morelli have been instrumental in the success of our workforce programs and they will continue to lead as stemCONNECT director and stemCONNECT manager, respectively.  stemCONNECT has already introduced high tech careers to more than 4,700 students since we started facilitating virtual sessions in 2013.  It has also become a valuable tool for more than 150 teachers and more than 50 experts who have participated thus far. Jeff, Vicki and I appreciate your support as we strive to grow the total reach of stemCONNECT to middle school and high school students and teachers.

On behalf of The Corridor, thank you for being by our side through this journey and for joining us as we continue to boost the workforce pipeline.  To learn more about stemCONNECT, please visit www.flstemconnect.com.


Ed Schons
President, The Corridor

Media Contacts:

If you are seeking information about The Corridor or the initiatives of the Council, please contact:

Kacie Escobar
Curley & Pynn Public Relations
(407) 423-8006

We would be happy to put you in contact with industry experts who can speak to a variety of technology topics in their area of expertise. For a preview of the leaders who can share their experience in growing tech-based businesses in the Corridor, explore the videos of our Faces of Technology.