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PAST Receives Recognitions for STEM Workforce Learning Labs


Media Contacts: Lori Trent, PAST Foundation -

October 26, 2022

PAST Receives Recognitions for STEM Workforce Learning Labs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The PAST Foundation opened its new and re-designed STEM Workforce Learning Labs: DIGITAL, LAUNCH, DESIGN, and MAKER this year. In recognition, PAST received several commendations for PAST’s, its partners and supporters hard work and dedication that resulted in the completion of this endeavor. Commendations were received from the following United States, State of Ohio and Franklin County elected officials:

  • Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted

  • U.S. Representative Troy Balderson

  • Ohio Senators President Matt Huffman, Matt Dolan and Hearcel Craig

  • Ohio House of Representatives Kristin Boggs, Speaker Robert Cupp, David Leland and Allison Russo

  • Franklin County Board of Commissioners President Erica Crawley

The commendations not only recognized the effort of this project but also thanked PAST, its partners and supporters in their goal of providing expanded educational opportunities to students from across Ohio in STEM fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“PAST’s new and re-designed STEM Workforce Learning Labs: DIGITAL, LAUNCH, DESIGN, and MAKER align engaging student programs with current workforce needs. We recognize that students need real-world, collaborative, hands-on experiences to best prepare them for their futures and our learning labs will enable PAST to better provide career pathways for students to explore,” said Annalies Corbin, President & CEO of PAST Foundation.

A short program included an overview of PAST and the STEM Workforce Learning Labs Expansion Project and speakers including elected officials, local business leaders, and students. A tour of the facility followed the program.

If you would like to learn first-hand PAST’s impact in Central Ohio and beyond, use this link to schedule a visit.

About PAST Foundation:

PAST, a non-profit organization, is a leader in designing innovative educational opportunities across the nation and around the world, bringing problem-based learning to educators and experiential programs to students. During PAST’s 22 years, we have impacted hundreds of thousands of students and educators while engaging hundreds of businesses and industry leaders. Building a community of learners that helps students prepare to solve the world’s problems is our core outcome.

PAST was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its Excellence in Innovation in the STEM 2026 vision report, being the only Ohio educational entity included in this publication. In 2021, PAST’s Innovation Lab was featured in Forbes Magazine as a promising example to “Re-imagine High School” and also recognized by the White House Summit on High School Design in 2015.

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