Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Pinterest Google Plus




STEM Workforce Home

Alarming Facts, Articles, & News

STEM Events

Get Involved

Business Industry STEM Education Coalition

Goals & Groups

Contact Us


Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition

America 2020: Will You Be Ready?
The government, national academies, businesses, and non-profits together must be proactive to fix K-12 STEM Education. Through hands-on experiences, students can learn that being a scientist, engineer, mathematician, or technologist is exciting. We must start preparing our future workforce to be innovative today.

Role of Coalition:

  • Identifying activities that work and understand how to scale those efforts that make a difference.

  • Aligning and leveraging the information and resources so others can learn about them and take advantage of them at the local level.

  • Changing the public perception people have about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

BISEC Contacts:

Britt Bommelje

Established March 12, 2010

Download/Print/View Quotes about the coalition. (pdf)

BISEC Purpose

Our business and industry associations have joined together to form the Business and Industry STEM Education Coalition. We will enhance and elevate the U.S. commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and facilitate STEM Education through private and public partnerships.

As a coalition of industries, our purpose is to align our efforts to improve STEM education to develop our future workforce in order to build our nation’s economic competitiveness, sustain national security, and develop future jobs and employment specialties that engage a dynamic STEM workforce.

BISEC Principles

We encourage a systemic change to STEM education/literacy whereby all children, youth and adults are encouraged to be scientifically literate and to have opportunities to pursue careers within the STEM fields.

We encourage volunteerism and community involvement as key elements to foster an increase in individuals pursuing STEM career paths.

Recognizing the necessity for strategic partnerships and utilizing unique organizational strengths, collaborative partners shall include: professional societies, philanthropic and education organizations and STEM thought leaders.

We support aligning our efforts around these priorities:

  • Students: Bring proven project‐based, hands‐on STEM experiential student learning activities to a national scale and ensure that they are sustained and aligned with national goals for STEM education.

  • Teachers: Recruit, train and retain effective teachers

  • Employers: Identify early and nurture students with aptitudes for STEM and then attract students to and retain them in STEM career tracks, particularly students from groups that are underrepresented in the STEM workforce

  • Progress: Adopt metrics and assessments to evaluate the impact of STEM programs and methods to track progress across the pipeline.

BISEC Approach

We are an action‐oriented group that uses:

  • A multimedia approach

  • Common language

  • Evidence‐based decision‐making

  • Promotion of best practices


  • To increase the number of STEM graduates from high school through graduate school, such as increasing STEM bachelors’ degrees to 400,000 annually by 2020.

  • To leverage and align our activities and resources to achieve meaningful employer engagement in STEM in all 50 states.

  • To improve the quality and impact of our business‐led or supported STEM programs towards an increase in our nation’s student achievement.

  • To articulate and publicize our industries’ scientific and technical achievements and contributions to society to attract our future workforce.

BISEC Practices

Members of this coalition are volunteers. The coalition shall be administered by a core planning group who are self‐selected and able to commit for one year. The core planning group shall hold meetings as necessary, with the requirement that the core group plan at least one annual meeting that is open to all coalition members and partners. At this annual meeting progress on the coalition’s goals shall be assessed and publicized.

BISEC Members

We are industry and business associations that represent the employers of STEM professionals who have a vested interest in the nationwide advancement and alignment of STEM Education and creation of a vibrant STEM workforce.

BISEC Advisory Members

Government entities that employ STEM professionals.

Requirements of Participation and How to Join

Coalition membership is open to business and industry organizations that represent employers within STEM‐related fields. Coalition partners and advisory members are professional associations, government entities and STEM stakeholders. Those interested in joining the coalition may do so by contacting Britt Bommelje at or (703)247-2561.

Current BISEC Membership

Advanced Medical Technology Association
Aerospace Industries Association
Aerospace States Association
Air Force Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
American Chemical Society
American Chemistry Council
American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics
Associated General Contractors of America
Association for Enterprise Information
Biotechnology Institute
Business Roundtable
Business‐Higher Education Forum
California Space Education Network
Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors
Center for Energy Workforce Development
Center for the Study of the Presidency &
Council on Competitiveness
Entertainment Industries Council
Information Technology Industry Council
Institute for a Competitive Workforce
Manufacturing Institute
National Academies of Engineering
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Manufacturers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
National Defense Industrial Association
National Governors Association
National Training & Simulation Association
Northern Virginia Technology Council
Precision Strike Association
SAE International
Society for Manufacturing Engineers
Software Engineering Institute
Software Entertainment Association
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
Triangle Coalition
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Women in Aerospace
Women in Defense

BISEC Advisory Members

Corporation for National Community Service
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
National Science Foundation
U.S. Department of Defense, DDR&E
U.S. Department of Defense, NSSO
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Labor


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense