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Providing teachers with world-class training right here in southern Louisiana is the newest way that Dow and CH2M are helping local students become the foundation of the future workforce.

Committed supporters of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, Dow and CH2M have partnered with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) to bring the Smithsonian STEM Education Forum to Baton Rouge. The Forum will provide 50 local teachers with a day of hands-on training that will empower them to incorporate engineering into their classrooms, benefitting hundreds of local students for years to come. Set for Saturday, Feb. 18, the Forum will feature experts from SSEC, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, based in Washington, D.C., two professors from Louisiana Tech University, along with Dow and CH2M employee volunteers.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with CH2M and the Smithsonian Science Education Center to provide this incredible opportunity here in Baton Rouge as we realize teachers have such an important role in fostering student achievement,” said Abby Cook, Louisiana Public Affairs manager for Dow. “Our local students will be our workforce of tomorrow and drive our region’s prosperity, and we are glad to partner to bring them the best training possible.”

“The CH2M Foundation is fortunate to have two partners in Dow and the Smithsonian Science Center, both of whom believe as do we that inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders in Louisiana starts with the our teachers,” said Ellen Sandberg, executive director of the CH2M Foundation. “By providing this unique learning opportunity, we are demonstrating to our educators that they are highly valued and critical to the success of our students.”

This local program builds off the two companies’ partnership with SSEC to bring teachers from Louisiana and other strategic communities to Washington, DC. Many of the Louisiana teachers who have been able to take part in that opportunity will be in Baton Rouge on Feb. 18 to share what they have learned and help build a community of educators around the Forum.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Dow and CH2M to bring our program of scientific discovery and advanced professional development to Louisiana. This experience affords teachers the opportunity to engage in authentic STEM experiences by working directly with scientists and other experts, and bring the exciting learnings back to their local classrooms,” said Carol O’Donnell, director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “We are grateful to both companies for their commitment to empowering teachers to prepare and inspire the next generation of our STEM workforce.”

In addition, Dow STEM Ambassador volunteers and CH2M employee volunteers will provide ongoing engagement to the teachers in their classrooms by offering continued support on various topics including safety, how to bring technical expertise to life for students, and by offering in person STEM-related classroom demonstrations and career talks.

This collaboration is a strong example of both companies’ efforts to connect employee engagement with sustainability. Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goal, Engaging Employees for Impact, has committed to using employee volunteerism to impact the lives of 1 billion people; and CH2M’s sustainability priority areas highlight the importance of employee engagement to address global challenges.

More information about Dow’s commitment to building the workforce of tomorrow can be found at www.dow.com/en-us/science-and-sustainability/global-citizenship/building-the-workforce.

More information about Dow’s commitment to building the workforce of tomorrow can be found at .

More information on CH2M’s education and Global Citizenship strategy can be found at www.ch2m.com/who-we-are/ch2m-foundation.

To learn more about the Smithsonian Science Education Center, visit https://ssec.si.edu/professional-development.