A grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals will help expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs to serve high school students in St. Louis City and north St. Louis County. The company provided the $100,000 donation to STEM Health Science Academy, a program of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP).
STEM Health Science Academy’s mission is to equip high school students with education, on-the-job training and soft-skill development to create economic opportunity. The mission is fulfilled by helping students pursue STEM-based careers, emphasizing pharmacist and pharmacy technician training. The Mallinckrodt grant will support the program for 30 students.
Many of the fastest-growing STEM occupations are in healthcare, with job growth projected at 19% by 2022. This translates to about 1.3 million more jobs in the next decade. This includes the need for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as that field continues to expand. That’s where STEM Health Academy comes in. The components of the class include: leadership programming, such as developing soft skills, character, professionalism, college readiness and career development; Board-Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) training; paid externships and work study; college credit; and site visits to STEM-based organizations and companies. Mallinckrodt’s support will help STLCOP expand the program’s reach from Jennings High School to also serve students in Ferguson and other areas of north St. Louis County and St. Louis City.
“Mallinckrodt and St. Louis College of Pharmacy have an aligned mission to provide pharmaceutical care to improve the health and economic well-being of patients,” said Steven Romano, M.D., Mallinckrodt Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. “The STEM Health Science Academy will exclusively serve students and communities in the St. Louis region, which is home to Mallinckrodt company offices and manufacturing sites. The program’s focus on STEM and healthcare also directly aligns with our strategic areas for charitable giving.”
Pictured above from left, in front, are Jerry Thomas; St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) Interim Chief Development Officer; Mark Tyndall, Mallinckrodt Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy; Dr. Steven Romano, Mallinckrodt Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer; and Dr. Isaac Butler, STLCOP Vice President, Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In back, from left, are Dr. Bruce Canaday, Dean of the School of Pharmacy; Dr. Karen Seibert, Co-Director Center for Clinical Pharmacology, STLCOP and Washington University School of Medicine; Dr. John Pieper, STLCOP President; and Toni McMurphy, STLCOP Vice President of Culture and Campus Life.