In4All welcomes business partners for another exciting year

Digimarc and its fantastic volunteers are entering their third year of STEM Connect

Digimarc and its fantastic volunteers are entering their third year of STEM Connect

The beginning of the school year is always a time of excitement and anticipation! Teachers spend time prepping their classrooms and content and collaborate with their colleagues as they prepare to engage a new cohort of students. Parents look forward to the routine and cadence it brings back to their households. And students say good-bye to summer and gear themselves up for another school year.

At In4All, we’re also very excited for the 2019-2020 school year because we get to engage so many returning business partners and welcome a few new ones to our community. I think the commitment of these organizations is a testament to the impact our community members have on each other and the students we serve.

As we kickoff this year’s programs, I’d like to celebrate the three partners who helped us launch the STEM Connect program seven years ago. Daimler Trucks North America, IBM and Vernier Software & Technology collaborated with us to create, pilot and rollout the elementary school program in 2012-2013 and they have been valued partners since.

“I have always felt the In4All mission aligns well with our values as a company,” said Christine Vernier, co-president of Vernier. “Not to mention I love how excited our employees are about being actively involved in the schools.”

On the other end of the spectrum, we have three new business partners that each bring something new to the In4All community:

• Pence Construction will bring a trade perspective to students showing how math and science are relevant to construction.

• Port of Portland brings its long-standing commitment to community and extends our programming further in the Portland Public School district.

• LAM Research is brought to us by an In4All internship program alumnus, Jasmine Bartall, who now works there. We’d love to see more of this happen in the future as our students find career success and circle back to In4All.

These long-time and new partners are six of the 29 businesses sponsoring our elementary and middle school programs this year. Together, we will impact the lives of 4,500 students in 32 schools and create limitless possibilities for youth who have been historically underserved.

Welcome, everyone, to the In4All community!

Elaine Philippi