November 2018 Newsletter

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Building Omaha’s Future Leaders

November 2018

Celebrating STEM in Omaha

STEM Professional You Should Know!

Jim Dennell

Jim Dennell is the President of BCDM Architects in Omaha, Nebraska and is a graduate of The University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Architecture of College.

BCDM’s mission is “Creating environments that form people”. Since 1976, BCDM has focused on education as an environment that forms people. Jim is a visionary educational architect, entrepreneur and developer. Since the Great Recession, Jim has devoted his passion to developing career pathways that align education with industry needs, with an emphasis on the ROI (Return on Investment). Over the last three years BCDM has invested Jim’s time solely to career pathway development. Jim is activating the vision of local boards, committees and advisory councils such as, STEM Ecosystem, ACE Mentoring, Metropolitan Community College Construction Education Center, Metropolitan Community College Architectural Design Technology, The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) and the Bridge Network a nonprofit he founded. Jim has integrated industry experience with educators at all levels, driving innovative solutions with educational purpose.

Jim is a husband and father of five, with one grandchild and a second on the way. Contributing to faith, community and close friends are his passion.


Math with a Chef

On November 13th, over 30 teachers across Omaha met at MCC Institute for the Culinary Arts (ICA)for an exciting evening of Math with a Chef.  Brian O’Malley, Executive Director of ICA, lead teachers on a fun journey incorporating the math concepts key to successful baking and cooking. The teachers enjoyed the cooking experience and were able to take the ratio  lessons back to their classroom for a deeper math engagement experience.


This Math Series is in partnership with UNO/Mathematics Department and the Omaha STEM Ecosystem.

Mark your calendar for January 28th, for Math with an Artist.  Reserve a space on Eventbrite.





 Omaha STYEM Ecosystem Presents at National SFN Conference

A team of five from the Omaha STEM Ecosystem presented at the National STEM Ecosystems conference in Newport Beach, CA.  The presentation, “A Model to Building Public-Private Partnerships to Develop STEM Career Pathways” was well received with over 30 national and international  members in attendance. A special thank you to  Victoria Novak, Metropolitan Community College; Tracie Reding, UNO; Chris Schaben, Omaha Public Schools; Jim Dennell, BCDM Architects and Julie Sigmon, Omaha STEM Ecosystem.

Check out our calendar for coming events and resources

Wishing you the Best this Holiday Season!

We look forward to continued growth and success in 2019!

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