Commitment to Action

STEM-TEK (STEM Transforming Eastern Kentucky)

Commitment by

Project Lead the Way, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc.

In 2015, the East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Project Lead The Way committed to pilot STEM Transforming Eastern Kentucky (STEM-TEK), a comprehensive K-16 STEM education initiative that will equip students with the 21st century skills needed to attract industry and employers to the region. Over the course of three years, commitment partners will implement Project Lead The Way’s K-12 STEM curriculum in 177 schools across 19 counties, providing ongoing professional development and promoting certification for 3,000 teachers, and engaging over 82,000 students in high-quality project-based STEM learning. To prevent the exodus of college bound students and retain STEM talent in Eastern Kentucky, STEM-TEK will combine K-12 programming with enablers and incentives for students to pursue postsecondary STEM degrees/certificates in local higher education institutions. STEM-TEK represents a unique investment to build out a highly-qualified future STEM workforce that will attract businesses and high-wage, high-demand jobs, and ultimately revitalize a region in dire need of an economic overhaul.





STEM-TEK (STEM Transforming Eastern Kentucky)



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Project Lead the Way, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc.

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

SOAR Kentucky, Morehead State University