Altus Air Force Base, Western Oklahoma State College, Southwest Technology Center, Altus Public Schools officials, and area industry representatives met on Thursday in the Higher Learning Center at Western to form a cooperative working group dedicated to raising public awareness and creating supportive programs for school age students looking towards careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Attendees determined that children starting as early as elementary school and continuing on to high school would benefit from innovative curriculum designed to enhance their skills in the STEM disciplines. Initial planning determined the need for interactive events that assist educators, students and parents.
A schedule of events for 2013 will be publicized as the group coordinates across agencies to organize STEM motivational events, career days and project presentations.
Pictured are area leaders from Altus Air Force Base, Southwest Technology Center, Altus Public Schools and area industry representatives have formed a working group aimed at building educational opportunities for Southwest Oklahoma students interested in developing their skills in the STEM disciplines. First Row: Maj. Meghan M. Fridley, Jay Richeson, Altus Middle School Principal, Col Anthony Krawietz, Commander AAFB; Lisa Greenlee, Western Vice President for Academic and Student Support Services; Dr. Mark Haught, Altus High School Principal; Dale Latham, SWTC Superintendent; Jill Owenby, SWTC Director of Marketing; Amanda Davis, Altus Intermediate School Extended Studies Coordinator Second Row: 2Lt. Paul Archambault, 97th AWM Civil Engineering Squadron; Katrina Ellis, 97th AMW Force Support Squadron, School Liaison Officer; 1Lt. Lauren Sahagun, 97thAWM Civil Engineer Squadron; Vickie Burton - 97th AMW Chief of Protocol; Maj. Steve Esposito - 97th AMW Communication Squadron Commander; Capt. Chris Robey - 54th Air Refueling Squadron; Maj. Douglas Palagi, 97th AMW Commander’s Action Group; Col. Michael Greiner, 97th AMW Mission Support Group Commander; CMSgt/ David Fish, 97th AMW Command Chief; Jim Kelly, 97th AMW Maintenance Directorate Director; Dr. Joe Leverett, Integris Health; Michael Prater, 97th AMW Maintenance Operations Division Manager; SSgt Erik Erwin, 349 RCS/49FDTMZ Air Force Career Advisor; Jim Norris, Boeing Manager; Rodger Kerr, SWTC Chief Operating Officer; Brenda Krieger, SWTC Director of Student Services; Dr. Nancy Evans, Altus Public Schools Director of Curriculum; Michelle McKenzie, Altus Junior High Science teacher.