The importance of stem education to local industry

Industries in the St. Louis region need a highly educated and skilled work force. The importance of STEM education is underlined by the fact that, unfortunately, there are not enough qualified local applicants to fulfill these jobs. The need for STEM education is evident not just in our classrooms, but in our economic potential — and the trend is only worsening.

But it doesn’t have to continue that way. STEMpact industry partners understand the importance of STEM education, and are leveraging the opportunities provided by STEMpact to benefit the whole region: Instead of looking for skilled employees elsewhere, STEMpact industry partners decided to invest locally in children's STEM education.

They do not simply take a backseat in STEMpact’s initiatives.  That’s why STEMpact industry partners meet regularly to discuss progress and provide input on how, together, we can better address the need for STEM education in the St. Louis area.

Total annual revenue of St. Louis — headquartered companies involved in STEMpact: $156.5 Billion


Ameren is focused on spending the right amount on the right things at the right time. Employing more than 9,000 personnel, Ameren companies serve 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers across 64,000 square miles in Illinois and Missouri. Ameren Missouri ranks as the largest electric power provider in Missouri, and Ameren Illinois ranks as Illinois' third largest natural gas distribution operation in total number of customers.


For more than a century, AT&T has consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care. Today, their mission is to connect people with the world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else. AT&T is fulfilling this vision by creating new solutions for consumers and businesses and by driving innovation in the communications and entertainment industry.

Bank of America

Bank of America has a strong commitment to the communities in our region. Through lending, investing, advising, transacting and employment, they provide valuable resources to their customers and clients around the world.


Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Boeing supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries, employs more than 165,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries, and leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing suppliers worldwide.


Emerson is a diversified global manufacturing and technology company. We offer a wide range of products and services in the industrial, commercial, and consumer markets through our Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions businesses. Recognized widely for our engineering capabilities and management excellence, Emerson has approximately 135,000 employees and 235 manufacturing locations worldwide.

Express Scripts

Express Scripts manages prescription benefits for tens of millions of Americans on behalf of thousands of clients, including health plan sponsors, employers, unions and government organizations. Their more than 30,000 employees pride themselves on expressing passion, care and enthusiasm for the Express Scripts mission: achieving better clinical outcomes for their members and delivering better financial outcomes for plan sponsors.


Spire, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a public utility holding company. The Gas Utility segment serves St. Louis and eastern Missouri through Spire and serves Kansas City and western Missouri through Missouri Gas Energy. Together they provide more than 1.13 million residential, commercial and industrial customers with safe and reliable natural gas service.


Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals combines more than 146 years of expertise with the determined focus needed to solve the complex specialty pharmaceutical challenges of today. Whether it's the production of medicines for pain and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the development of products that treat central nervous system conditions or quality imaging products, Mallinckrodt is working to make complex products simpler, safer and better for patients.


Manifest Digital is the largest independent interactive agency in the Midwest. Through deep consumer insights and technological innovation, their clients discover the balance between elevated human experiences and the financial rewards required to sustain them. Manifest integrates businesses, people and the systems they use to achieve entirely new goals.


Maritz is dedicated to empowering people to reach their full potential and ensuring a solid and bright future for generations to come. Maritz understands, enables and motivates people to unleash their hidden human potential. We enable people to do things differently by developing their strengths, knowledge and confidence.


MasterCard is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

McDonnell Family Foundation

In 1950, James S. McDonnell established the McDonnell Foundation, incorporated as a private Foundation. The Foundation has pursued his goals by supporting scientific, educational, and charitable causes locally, nationally, and internationally. The organization was renamed the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1984 in honor of its founder. Since its inception, the McDonnell Foundation has awarded over $347 million in grants. Fair market value of Foundation assets were about $609 million in 2007.


Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy.


MilliporeSigma is the world’s largest supplier of research biochemical and organic chemicals. Every day, more than 1 million customers around the globe count on MilliporeSigma for quality products delivered on time and as promised. A trusted leader in life science, high technology and service, the story of MilliporeSigma has a rich history of innovation.

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