Delaware STEM Signing Day: Here’s What Happened

On April 14, 2020, Tallo powered our first ever virtual STEM Signing Day with Boeing and FAME Inc. Just like signing days for athletes, this 2020 Delaware STEM Signing Day invited 20 high school seniors from around the state of Delaware to sign a letter of intent to pursue a career in the STEM field. Signing days with Boeing and local community partners began four years ago in South Carolina. This year, however, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread, most student events were canceled or postponed. Boeing, FAME Inc., and Tallo decided that it was more important now than ever before to recognize our future STEM leaders and celebrate their accomplishments as a community. So rather than cancel the event altogether, we were able to host it virtually!

We had some pretty important people join us, including Senator Chris Coons, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (who presented a proclamation declaring April 14, 2020 as STEM Signing Day in the state of Delaware!), Boeing executives Cheri Charter, Steven Parker, and John Lyons, and the President and CEO of FAME Inc., Don Baker.

This is what they had to say:

“This is an exciting day for all of the young people who are signing up for a career in STEM. We’re doing this remotely because of a global health pandemic. The best way we’re going to get out of this is through the research, the innovation, the designs, and the developments that STEM majors are going to make possible. ” -Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

“Boeing created STEM Signing Day to honor students for their accomplishments and commitment to further their education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEM disciplines help create and innovate – two of the core principles we use every day at Boeing. We celebrate how incredibly hard these 20 students have worked for many years to get to this point and we congratulate all of them as they embark on the next chapter of a journey to gaining the 21st Century skills needed to fill the future talent pipeline.” -Cheri Carter, Vice President of Boeing Global Engagement

“Even prior to the covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to offer students and other opportunity seekers with leading edge virtual connectivity with workforce programs, colleges/universities, and employers. Tallo is the go to virtual ecosystem for exploring, tracking, and introducing talent to opportunities! Additionally, our partnership with Boeing starts with great people, an understanding of shared values and goals, and ultimately lives and breathes through the impact we collectively have on students and communities. Whether it’s volunteers spending time in classrooms experimenting alongside students or working with our executive team to launch transformational initiatives like this signing day, Boeing supports what it believes in.” -Don Baker, President and CEO of FAME, Inc.

“Students shouldn’t have to sacrifice career and educational opportunities for their safety. With the technology that’s available to us today, many of these events can and should continue virtually, and Tallo is proud to help make these connections possible.” – Casey Welch, CEO & Co-Founder of Tallo

Watch the full recording and learn more about the 2020 Delaware STEM Signing Day here, and learn more about the 20 student honorees here! Interested in hosting your own Signing Day event? Drop us a line!

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