The goal of STEMM-Up is to help people with disabilities find high-quality jobs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine (STEMM). Project partners Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and Michigan State University (MSU) work together to achieve that goal. Both partners add something different to make STEMM-Up a success.

Universities and Employment Services Working Together

STEMM-Up is a unique program. It combines online skill-building modules, job training, and effective vocational rehabilitation.

Researchers from MSU worked together to create our online modules. Each jobseeker completes a different set of modules based on their needs and strengths. These modules focus on job skills and building self-confidence and resilience.

MSU is a leader in job training and education, especially for underserved populations. They designed the online modules based on years of research and experience.

STEMM-Up combines these modules with vocational rehabilitation (VR) from MRS.

MRS works with both jobseekers and businesses. They help jobseekers with differing abilities to find, keep, and advance their careers. They also work with businesses to help them build an inclusive and engaged workplace. MRS has helped thousands of jobseekers fill in-demand positions.

STEMM-Up matches each jobseeker with a Career Pathway Coordinator (CPC) from MRS. The CPC guides jobseekers through the program. CPCs help jobseekers find career opportunities that fit their goals and interests.

By working together, our partners make STEMM-Up a complete job training program.

The Advisory Board

To succeed, STEMM-Up needs to connect with local communities and businesses. So, we created a local Advisory Board. The board includes community leaders, service providers, business owners, researchers, and policymakers.

The board helps explain what jobseekers in their communities need. They also help decide the best ways that STEMM-Up can support jobseekers in their area. With their help, STEMM‑Up can prepare jobseekers with the right skills for the right opportunities.

Learn More About Our Project Partners

Want to learn more about each of our project partners? Click the links below to explore their websites for more information.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) provides the connections, expertise and innovative solutions to drive continued business growth, build vibrant communities, create affordable housing, generate tourism and attract and retain key talent to fill Michigan’s vast pipeline of opportunities.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 165 years. A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities.